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The vigorous herb, spearmint, is a hardy perennial that originates from Europe. It is grown for its wonderfully flavorful and fragrant leaves. Oil of spearmint is used to flavor gum, candy, toothpaste and mouthwash and its dried leaves make a nice medicinal tea. It has been valued for food and medicine since ancient times and was used in Egypt, Greece and Rome.
The clump-forming herbaceous perennial is an aggressive plant that spreads quickly by underground creeping stems called rhizomes. So, plant it only where you want it to spread. Its upright stems are lined with crisp bright green lance-shaped leaves that are highly fragrant. Fragrant spiky whorls of lilac-pink blooms top the leafy stems in summer. These draw bees in droves and are quite attractive.
Spearmint is very easy to grow and adaptable. It thrives in full to partial sun and evenly moist soil with average to good drainage. Because of its aggressive habit, it is best planted in a trough or container. Divide plants every couple of years.
There are several appealing spearmint cultivars such as the curly-leaved variety crispa and large-leaved sweet 'Kentucky Colonel.'
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