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Mentha x piperita
Characteristics: Peppermint is a delightful perennial, hardy in zones 5-11. It is a robust grower!
Light: Plant in full sun to partial shade.
Water: Water when soil seems dry to the touch. Mint does not like constantly soggy soil.
Soil: Your mint will thrive in well-drained soil of average quality and pH.
Use: A popular and refreshing culinary herb perfect in teas, desserts, and many other recipes. Mints are one of our most favorite culinary herbs ... easy to grow and a 'must have' for any kitchen garden! A recent study found that the active ingredient, menthol, may even boost athletic performance!
Peppermint also makes a wonderful natural herb repellent and companion plant:
Peppermint is an old fashioned favorite that makes a wonderful natural barrier against unwanted insects and pests. Plant Peppermint around the foundation of your home to thwart ants, mice and pesky vermin that may try to break into your home, and use crushed Peppermint in your windowsills, pantries and utility rooms to further keep these pests at bay. In the garden, this vigorous culinary herb also deters aphids, cabbage flies and other harmful insects, protecting nearby plants. Conversely, Peppermint's flowering spires attract beneficial pollinators like butterflies and honeybees, which will encourage the health of your surrounding plants.