Log In Bag
Log In

Create An Account

Log In Bag
Your Shopping Bag Is Empty

Mentha

Mentha

The genus name is derived from the Greek word minthe, which in Greek mythology was a nymph who was transformed into a mint plant. Mentha is a genus of around 25 species or hybrids of aromatic, upright or sprawling perennial herbs. Most are native to Northern Temperate areas and Africa, some are also found in Australia. Many species have become naturalized. Most species have 4-angled stems with opposite leaves (some species have alternate, or sessile, or petioled leaves). The flowers are clustered into whorls, typically in terminal spikes. The calyxes are tube or bell shaped normally with five teeth, after flowering they can dry and have a prickly texture to them. The corolla (the flower petals) are typically lavender, pink, or white. Many of the species are highly variable with many intermediate forms and many also hybridize with each other and modern treatments tend to reduce the number of species down to around 18. Of the species cultivated most are done so in the herb garden, for their foliage scents and flavoring which is used in cooking, but Mentha requienii is a rock garden subject with a mat forming habit. Most are aggressive spreaders and many like moist soils, and some live in shallow water environments. The seeds are small and after some dry storage generally germinate within a few weeks of sowing at 65F. They can be irregular germinators with some seeds germinating each week over a month or two. Seedlings are fast growing and should be kept moist but not wet.

Code Name Image Price  
502M-A1 Mentha pulegium 'Pennyroyal' Mentha pulegium 'Pennyroyal' $1.95
ME2S-A1 Mentha spicata 'Spearmint' Mentha spicata 'Spearmint' $1.45
ME2T-A8 Mentha x piperita 'Peppermint' Mentha x piperita 'Peppermint' $1.45