Mentha x piperitaCharacteristics: Peppermint is a delightful perennial, hardy in zones 5-11. It is a robust grower!Light: Plant in full sun to partial shade.Water: Water when soil seems dry to the touch. Mint does not like constantly soggy soil.Soil: Your mint will thrive in well-drained soil of average quality and pH.Use: A popular and refreshing culinary herb perfect in teas, desserts, and many other recipes. Mints are one of our most favorite culinary herbs ... easy to grow and a 'must have' for any kitchen garden!
Peppermint also makes a wonderful natural herb repellent and companion plant:
Peppermint is an old fashioned favorite that makes a
wonderful natural barrier against unwanted insects and pests. Plant Peppermint
around the foundation of your home to thwart ants, mice and pesky vermin that
may try to break into your home, and use crushed Peppermint in your
windowsills, pantries and utility rooms to further keep these pests at bay. In
the garden, this vigorous culinary herb also deters aphids, cabbage flies and
other harmful insects, protecting nearby plants. Conversely, Peppermint’s flowering spires
attract beneficial pollinators like butterflies and honeybees, which will
encourage the health of your surrounding plants.