Mentha longifolia

Mentha longifolia

Common Names

Wild Spearmint (english)

Taxonomy

Family LAMIACEAE
Genus Mentha
Specie longifolia
SA Plant Number
Basionym Mentha longifolia

Description

Mentha longifolia is a hardy, evergreen to semi-deciduous, perennial herb which grows in damp areas and has long, thin, bright-green leaves with slightly serrated margins.When crushed they are strongly mint-scented.

It has slender spikes of white to pale-mauve flowers from December to Febraury.It is an essential element of a butterfly garden and also attracts other pollinating insects and thus insectiverous birds to the garden.

Makes a delicious herbal tea and can be added to cordials and other cold drinks.

Excellent for moist areas of the garden or wetland features.It spreads rapidly, so cut off excess shoots and prune regularly to keep in shape.Although it does best in full sun it tolerates a little light shade.

Size: up to 1m

Wildlife

Uses

Distribution

Limpopo, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu Natal, Eastern Cape

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