Fauna and Flora Friday: 11 June 2021

Good day everyone,

Today I would like to share some interesting information on the Peppermint Plant.

I got the information from Wikipedia.

Peppermint, Mentha × piperita

“Peppermint, Mentha × piperita, also known as Mentha balsamea Wild is a hybrid mint, a cross between Watermint and Spearmint. Indigenous to Europe and the Middle East, the plant is now widely spread and cultivated in many regions of the world. It is occasionally found in the wild with its parent species.

Peppermint generally grows best in moist, shaded locations, and expands by underground rhizomes. The rhizomes are wide-spreading, fleshy, and bear fibrous roots. The leaves can be 4–9 cm long and 1.5–4 cm broad. They are dark green with reddish veins, and they have an acute apex and coarsely toothed margins. The leaves and stems are usually slightly fuzzy. The flowers are purple, 6–8 mm long, with a four-lobed corolla about 5 mm in diameter; they are produced in whorls around the stem, forming thick, blunt spikes. Flowering season lasts from mid- to late summer.

Young shoots are taken from old stocks and dibbled into the ground about 1.5 feet apart. They grow quickly and cover the ground with runners if it is permanently moist. For the home gardener, it is often grown in containers to restrict rapid spreading. It grows best with a good supply of water, without being water-logged, and planted in areas with part-sun to shade.

The leaves and flowering tops are used; they are collected as soon as the flowers begin to open and can be dried. The wild form of the plant is less suitable for this purpose, with cultivated plants having been selected for more and better oil content. They may be allowed to lie and wilt a little before distillation, or they may be taken directly to the still.

Fresh or dried peppermint leaves are often used alone in peppermint tea or with other herbs in herbal teas (tisanes, infusions). Peppermint is used for flavoring ice cream, candy, fruit preserves, alcoholic beverages, chewing gum, toothpaste, and some shampoos, soaps and skin care products.”

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” ~Frank Lloyd Write

Thank you very much for taking the time to read my post. I hope you also learned something new today.

Till next time, please stay safe and healthy.

Have a wonderful day.

Coreen

3 thoughts on “Fauna and Flora Friday: 11 June 2021

  1. Hi Coreen, I like your photos of mint – they seem like these are young plants – and you captured their beauty
    I grow mint in the yard – always potted because it is invasive
    and I love when it flowers – the pretty blooms are nice
    enjoyed your info about the plant and history – thanks for sharing

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    1. Hi Yvette, I am sad to say that after a very hot and windy Summer nearly all the mint in my garden died. Those who were still hanging by a thread were destroyed by my Labrador Willow. I have managed to save some of them and planted them in pots now. We are busy Willofying the garden… I am so glad I could capture them.

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