Mentha spicata L.


Perennial herb to nearly 1m tall. Leaves to about 8 cm long, 3 cm wide, more or less lanceolate, surface smooth or rough, hairless to densely hairy, margin with regular saw teeth, stalk absent or very short. Flower cluster a terminal spike. Flowers with corolla white, pink or lilac; summer to autumn. [M. cordifolia of authors not Opiz, M. viridis L.]

S and C Europe

Of unknown origin and naturalised in NSW, Vic, Tas, SA and WA.

Sometimes listed as M.×spicata.

The oil extract is the popular flavouring for most chewing gums.

Source: Spencer, R.; Holmes, R.; McNaughton, V. (2002). Lavandula. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Mentha spicata 'Crispa'

Leaves curled and contorted along the margins.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Lamiaceae
genus        Mentha L.