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Spearmint, English Mint 'Kentucky Colonel'

Mentha spicata

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Mentha (MEN-thuh) (Info)
Species: spicata (spi-KAH-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Kentucky Colonel



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:



White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall




Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From softwood cuttings

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:


Tucson, Arizona

Banning, California

Menifee, California

Sacramento, California

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Denver, Colorado

Marietta, Georgia

Williamsville, Illinois

Fort Wayne, Indiana

Georgetown, Indiana

Ewing, Kentucky

Melbourne, Kentucky

Lusby, Maryland

Leverett, Massachusetts

Florence, Mississippi

Brigantine, New Jersey

Ogdensburg, New York

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Conway, South Carolina

Dickson, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Waco, Texas

Leesburg, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 5, 2009, eastpiney2000 from Nashville, TN wrote:

Down here in Tennessee, we think that the best mint julep is made from mint grown on the grave of a Confederate soldier! My mint is only distantly descended from that noble lineage, but still makes a fine julep.


On Apr 26, 2007, Vegetator from Manila
Philippines wrote:

I bought my spearmint in a flower shop they gave me a good long lecture of how to take care of it... "Water, but dont over water. Better pot it if you dont want it to take over your garden." :)
the first week was a little bit of a scare, when it wilted a couple of times because of too little water. I now, water it till it almost drowns once every two days. I repotted it on a clay pot and now im reaping the rewards :)
i personally have a thing about pruning plants. but with spearmint... i think it likes it. I usually take off around 3 inches off the top and the remaining stems are now sprouting new leaves!!!

Pest wise, i see some small shinny flies they like perching on the leaves. Thinking its minty they would deter them but it doesnt. Once i saw a caterpillar... read more


On Dec 28, 2004, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is one of my favorites. It has a strong aromatic smell that lingers long after you have brushed against it. It grows a little over 24 inches tall, like most mints it does spread so it's best to contain it. It seems to do fine in full sun or part shade. It has lavender blooms.The taste is like spearmint and is good to cook with.This is the mint used to make Mint Juleps and is used at the Ky. Derby for there Mint Juleps.