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Spearmint (Mentha spicata L.)

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Summary

A species of mint native to Turkey and the Balkan peninisula, and widely introduced worldwide, including in North America, where it is found continent-wide, but most common in the Northeast.

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Introduced
Introduced or Not Present

This tentative map is based on our own research. It may have limited data on Canada and/or Mexico, and there is some subjectivity in our assignment of plants as introduced vs. expanded. Read more in this blog post.

Habitat

Found in wet areas in full to partial sun and nutrient-rich soil.

In North America, most frequently found where it has escaped from cultivation in gardens; often grows up against foundations of buildings. Occasionally found in wild areas farther from cultivation, such as roadside ditches, wet meadows, and low-lying areas along waterways.

Uses

Widely grown as an herb, where it is used both as a fresh herb and dried herb in cooking, and in blending and on its own as an herbal tea.

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