Mentha piperita

Peppermint (Mentha × piperita) is a hybrid mint, a cross between water mint and spearmint and is the most common mint of the genus. An attractive lime green-leaved plant with red stems, this mint makes a potent tea and is fabulous for flavouring home-made ice cream! It has been used medicinally for indigestion and as a natural decongestant, long being used for relieving colds and flu.

Water: Typically occurs in moist habitats, including stream sides and drainage ditches

Hardiness: Frost Hardy

Habit: A hybrid herbaceous perennial that spreads by underground rhizomes. Can be invasive. Best in a pot.

Light: Partial to Full Shade

Soil: Can grow almost anywhere

Origin: Europe, first cultivated in London, England, in 1750