Mentha x spicata. Perennial. Morning Sun/Filtered Shade. Height 18-20” Width: 30”
Strong flavored version of spearmint. Prefers rich, moist soil.
In the Garden
Wintergreen Mint needs a well drained soil and a half-day of sun. It is very invasive and will send out underground runners throughtout your garden so plant it in an isolated space or in a container. During the hot summer months, this mint will produce flowers that will attract butterflies and bees to your garden. Pruning your mint will promote additional growth and the new leaf growth are the best leaves to use in the kitchen. In the Winter, cut the plant back to the ground and it will grow back in the Spring.
Wintergreen Mint has numerous culinary and medicinal uses. It is great in fruit salads, chocolate, and in all kinds of tea. Wintergreen Mint oil contains large amounts of methyl salicylate which forms the base of the Aspirin group of medicines so it is thought that this plant can be used to alleviate pain and inflammation.