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Spearmint

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Spearmint
Mentha spicata in bloom
Mentha spicata in bloom
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Plantae
Division:Magnoliophyta
Class:Magnoliopsida
Order:Lamiales
Family:Lamiaceae
Genus:Mentha
Species:spicata
Binomial name
Mentha spicata

Spearmint (Mentha spicata, syn M. viridis), the mint variety most commonly used in cooking, yields an aromatic and carminative oil, referred to as "oil of spearmint".

Many people use the name "scotch spearmint" for gingermint (Mentha x gracilis, syn M. cardiaca), a hybrid of spearmint and wild mint (Mentha arvensis).

Spearmint takes its name from its crinkled leaves, which resemble the shape of the blade of a spear.

It has oblong, lanceolate, sub-acute, serrate leaves, and slender spikes of flowers. It grows in watery places.

See also

Template:Plant-stub Template:Food-stubda:Grřn Mynte (Mentha spicata) de:Grüne Minze

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