Spearmint has strong flavor and fragrance that is released with simple bruising. It’s the best mint variety for hot and cold drinks. Toss bruised leaves into ice water for a refreshing summer drink or add to iced tea. Spearmint is favored for flavoring beverages such as mojito. Also know as Yerba Buena. Spreading plant is great for containers. Tolerates light frost.

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At a Glance

TypePerennial in zones 3 to 11
Planting TimeSpring or fall
FeaturesStrong flavor and fragrance
LightFull sun to part shade
SoilPrefers moist, fertile soil
Spacing18 to 24 inches apart
Plant size24 inches tall
Garden useContainers, window boxes
Culinary useSalads, sauces, desserts, beverages

Nutrition Information

Commonly used as a flavoring in beverages and foods, mint is also believed to have medicinal purposes—both as a leaf and as an oil. Peppermint oil is often applied to the skin as a treatment for headaches, muscle and nerve pain, inflammation, and even for repelling mosquitoes. A good source of Vitamins A and C, mint helps with vision and immune functions. The herb is also packed with antioxidants that protect against cell damage, boost the immune system, and form collagen in the body.

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