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I have mint growing in my herb garden, but I don't know how to tell if it is peppermint or spearmint. I am assuming it is one of the two, and I'm not sure IF you can tell. Any help would be great though! Thanks!
Thanks for the information on the website, but I think I still may be confused. The information provided was:
A peppermint plant tends to grow a little taller than spearmint; up to four feet tall. (My mature plants are about a foot tall.)
A peppermint leaf is also a little larger. (I have nothing to compare, so I'm not sure on this one)
When blooming, peppermint has a purplish blossom while spearmint has a pink or light to dark blue blossom not approaching purple. (The blooms on mine definitely look purple.)
Peppermint also quite often has a purplish hue to the stems and leaves. (No purple hue.)
Peppermint leaves are usually arranged further away from the main stems and have more teeth than spearmint leaves. (Once again, nothing to compare to on this one.)
Spearmint stems, while lacking the purple, are distinctly square while peppermint stems aren't. (These stems are definitely square.)
The scent of spearmint tends to be a little sweeter and lighter, while peppermint has a very noticeable mint smell. (Mine is definitely a VERY strong mint smell).
So aside from the blooms and the smell I guess I'm looking at spearmint and not peppermint???
Thanks again guys!