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Types of Spearmint

Apple Mint​
Apple Mint​

If the Mint Family Reunion committee offered a souvenir T-shirt, apple mint would be the big kid asked to stand in the back, while its cousins—peppermint, spearmint, horehound, lavender and the rest—smile broadly from the front row.

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Catnip​
Catnip​

Catnip is another name for the herb Nepeta cataria, a relative of oregano and spearmint. Nepeta cataria is a pretty common plant, often found along highways and railroads in North America.

Mint ​Chocolate​
Mint ​Chocolate​

Chocolate mint is as chocolatey, minty and scrumptious as it sounds. You can bake it in cakes, add sprigs to mojitos, and even use it in your beauty recipes. But more on that later.

Mints​
Mints​

Spearmint, or Mentha spicata is a pleasant-smelling species of mint found in health-food products, toothpastes, mouthwashes, and cosmetics. It is often used in medicine for its claimed therapeutic properties. Spearmint contains vitamins, antioxidants, and vital nutrients. Its aroma is very similar to that of peppermint.

Pennyroyal​
Pennyroyal​

However I know pennyroyal, a potentially toxic member of the mint family, can also grow here. I would love to use my new found mints, but only if I know it is safe! The plants are about 9 inches tall right now, the stems are square and red/purple, and the leaves toothed, with a minty smell.

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Peppermint​
Peppermint​

Spearmint and Peppermint Leaf and Plant Growth Another thing that separates spearmint and peppermint is the way the plants grow and the way the leaves look. Spearmint leaves tend to grow larger than peppermint leaves, and they typically have a lighter color.

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Spotted ​Beebalm​
Spotted ​Beebalm​

Spotted beebalm is a mint that makes a nice tea from fresh leaves. Bees love the flowers and birds eat the seeds and seed eating insects that visit it.

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Water Mint​
Water Mint​

Water mint is a herbaceous rhizomatous perennial plant growing to 90 centimetres (35 in) tall. The stems are square in cross section, green or purple, and variably hairy to almost hairless. The rhizomes are wide-spreading, fleshy, and bear fibrous roots.

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Wild Mint​
Wild Mint​

Wild mints are fun because they are so varied: Some smell and taste of peppermint or spearmint, while others are spicy. One of my favorite wild varieties is wild spearmint, or Mentha spicata. The flavor is “rounder” and has less menthol than peppermint (Mentha piperita). Wild field mint, left, and mountain mint.

source: food52.com

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