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Peppermint (Mentha × piperita, also known as M. balsamea) is a hybrid mint of the Lamiaceae family, a cross between watermint and spearmint.The peppermint plant is an herbaceous rhizomatous perennial that grows up to 30–90 cm (12–35 in) tall. It has smooth stems that are square in cross section. The rhizomes are wide-spreading, fleshy, and bare fibrous roots.The leaves are from 4–9 cm (1.6–3.5 in) long and 1.5–4 cm (0.59–1.6 in) broad, dark green with reddish veins, and with an acute apex and coarsely toothed margins. The leaves and stems are usually slightly fuzzy. The flowers are purple, 6–8 mm (0.24–0.31 in) long, with a four-lobed corolla about 5 mm (0.20 in) diameter; they are produced in whorls around the stem, forming thick, blunt spikes. Flowering is from mid to late summer.The peppermint plant is fast growing once it sprouts, it spreads very quickly.
Also Known As:
Peppermint, mentha x piperita, mentha balsamea, brandy mint.