Yerba buena seeds
Spearmint appears in cuisine all around the world. Various types of mint are found in Asian and European cuisine, as well as a host of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Spearmint has long been used for a variety of stomach and bowel complaints, as it tends to increase bile production in the stomach and aid digestion. This is the historical reason for the after-dinner mint!
Another popular use for Spearmint is for expectant mothers, as a mild remedy for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.
Harvest leaves when the Spearmint herb plant reaches 12 inches tall. Pick the larger outside leaves as the plant grows to encourage more leaf growth. Young leaves and stems have best flavor. Dry mint leaves on trays or by hanging bunched branches upside down in a warm, dark, well-ventilated area. Fresh leaves are easy to freeze too.
Temperature: 60 – 70F
Average Germ Time: 14 – 21 days
Light Required: Yes
Depth: 1/8 inch
Sowing Rate: 3 – 5 seeds per plant
Moisture: Keep moist until germination
Plant Spacing: 18 inches
Sweetly aromatic, Spearmint, can be used in both cooking and in potpourri and other fragrant decorative items. Spearmint herb is used to make mint jellies and sauces and of course, tea! Spearmint also has medicinal benefits as well. It is a wonderful addition for the garden that can easily be started with seeds.
Spearmint has strong flavor and fragrance that is released with simple bruising. It’s the best mint variety for hot and cold drinks. Toss bruised leaves into ice water for a refreshing summer drink or add to iced tea. Spearmint is favored for flavoring beverages such as mojito. Also know as Yerba Buena. Spreading plant is great for containers. Tolerates light frost.
A perennial plant for zones 4-9, and can be grown in containers.
Seedman’s Spearmint seeds
Yerba buena seeds
Well, I just think you have to grow some “Yerba Buena”. CLAY, SAND and SHADE TOLERANT, it also grows under oaks and makes a lush, flat, evergreen groundcover for shade, spreading to 6’ across and up to 2″ tall. Fantastic used as a trailer, especially over a shady wall, you can even grow it in a hanging basket. It roots along the stems, not by rhizomes and is not invasive. The rich, green, scalloped leaves are held oppositely on the stems and little, flaring, tubular, white to purple flowers appear Summer thru Fall. Easy, tough and long lived, it smells heavenly and makes a healthful and tasty, mint-like tea. Used medicinally by native people for indigestion, insomnia, fevers, colds, arthritic pain and toothaches. Very pretty and deer resistant, too! It’s perfect in every way! Just give an annual bit of compost and cut back occasionally to promote bushiness. Drought tolerant, but best with some Summer water.
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