Peppermint (Mentha Piperita) - There are several different types of mint: spearmint, bergamot, applemint, and Bowles mint; but Peppermint is generally the most wide spread in terms of usage. Peppermint seeds are easy to grow and the mature herb plant is pretty easy to identify by its dark green to purplish leaves. This herb typically grows around 24 inches tall or more, and consists of purplish, square stems and oblong purplish leaves with pointed tips, distinct veins, and toothed edges. The Peppermint herb plant has small pink, white, or purple flowers at the end of each stem from July to September. It is wonderfully fragrant and provides a cool, fresh scent that is so familiar in the summertime.
Mentha Piperita Peppermint can be so easy to grow from herb seeds, and it just keeps on growing - possibly where you do not want it. This makes it an ideal candidate for container herb gardening. Peppermint is a wonderful herb that will be the perfect addition to any herb garden you are growing. Peppermint's pleasant smell stirs thoughts of Christmas and candy canes. Peppermint is useful in cooking, making tea, a variety of candies, and also has many medicinal purposes.