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Mentha x piperita
Peppermint is an old favorite for herb gardening. A delicious culinary herb, Peppermint plants are known to have a scent that is one of the strongest triggers of memory - one whiff of the cooling bouquet of this aromatic herb tends to back this up, as it conjures up images of candy canes!
Commercial uses are probably most familiar to people, but it can also be easily grown and put to a wide variety of culinary and medicinal purposes in your own home. Peppermint has been used for ages to help cure headaches, muscle cramps and chronic indigestion problems. The extracted essential oil, Menthol, is found in the plant's leaves and flowers and its soothing properties are useful in lotions, mouthwashes, soaps and candies.
Peppermint tea is used to ease digestion. This herb is a robust grower so give it plenty of room...or plant it in a container to avoid it taking over your garden! Plant mint in full to part sun in moist soil.
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.