Plant of the day: spearmint

Mentha spicata

Purple spikes grow as high as my shoulder in the creek bed. This tall purple mint looks like the big brother of pennyroyal, which I wrote about last month. But its whorls of lavender purple flowers merge together towards the top of the spire, instead of remaining separated in distinct tiers. As with all the mints, it has a square stem and paired leaves.

Native to Europe, Mentha spicata is found across much of the United States and Canada.

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Plant of the day

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s