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Mentha spicata L.

Mentha cordifolia auct.

Mentha longifolia auct. non (L.) Huds.

Mentha longifolia (L.) Huds. var. mollissima (Borkh.) Rouy

Mentha longifolia (L.) Huds. var. undulata (Willd.) Fiori

Mentha spicata L. var. longifolia L.

Mentha spicata L. var. spicata

Mentha sylvestris L.

Mentha viridis L.


KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderLamialesAromatic herbs and shrubs, including lavender, lilac, olive, jasmine, ash, teak, snapdragon, sesame, psyllium, garden sage, mint, basil, and rosemary
FamilyLamiaceaeMint family
GenusMenthaA Latin name for an unfortunate Greek nymph named Mentha who got herself turned into a mint plant, and a genus of culinary herbs named after her—this is one of the oldest plant names still in use
SpeciesspicataWith flowers in spikes

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Mentha spicata description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Mentha spicata (spearmint)

8/4/2013 · Barry’s, Acton, MA
≈ 4½ × 7" (11 × 17 cm)

Mentha spicata (spearmint)

8/4/2013 · Barry’s, Acton, MA
≈ 4 × 6" (10 × 14 cm)

Mentha spicata (spearmint)

8/4/2013 · Barry’s, Acton, MA
≈ 6 × 9" (15 × 23 cm)

Mentha spicata (spearmint)

8/4/2013 · Barry’s, Acton, MA
≈ 5 × 8" (12 × 19 cm)

Mentha spicata (spearmint)

8/4/2013 · Barry’s, Acton, MA
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm)

Mentha spicata (spearmint)

8/22/2012 · Squannacook River Wildlife Area, Townsend, MA
≈ 6 × 9" (15 × 23 cm)


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