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PlantFiles: Spearmint
Mentha spicata 'Kentucky Colonel'

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

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36 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Herbs

Height:
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:
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

Danger:
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Pink
Violet/Lavender
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

Foliage:
Herbaceous
Aromatic

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From softwood cuttings

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

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Profile:

3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive eastpiney2000 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.

Positive Vegetator 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 as well. And this weird tunneling stuff on the leaves. Like sumthing is sucking the juices off the leaves from the inside. I snip them off and burn them.

I use it for afternoon tea. Gives that nice cooling minty tingles from mouth to the throat :) And when i got an upset stomach i got a few and made a strong cup of tea my tummy felt really nice after :)

Now, the outer branches are bending down it looks like its trying to reach the soil below its pot. hmmm naughty naughty little thing. i think its getting ready for an invasion!

I'll try to take a picture of my naughty plant and post it soon :)

Positive mystic 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.

Regional...

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

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Tucson, Arizona
Banning, California
La Riviera, California
Menifee, California
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Edgewater, Colorado
Marietta, Georgia
Williamsville, Illinois
Fort Wayne, Indiana
Georgetown, Indiana
Ewing, Kentucky
Melbourne, Kentucky
Chesapeake Ranch Estates-drum Point, Maryland
Leverett, Massachusetts
Florence, Mississippi
Ogdensburg, New York
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Conway, South Carolina
Dickson, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Robinson, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia



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