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Scientific classification

(of M. spicata subsp. condensata)

  • Mentha chalepensis Mill.
  • Mentha microphylla K.Koch
  • Mentha sieberi K.Koch
  • Mentha sofiana Trautm.
  • Mentha spicata subsp. tomentosa Harley
  • Mentha stenostachya (Boiss.) Nevski
  • Mentha subsessilis Borbás
  • Mentha tomentosa d'Urv.

(of M. spicata subsp. spicata)

  • Mentha aquatica var. crispa (L.) Benth.
  • Mentha aquatica subsp. crispa (L.) G.Mey.
  • Mentha atrata Schur
  • Mentha balsamea Rchb.
  • Mentha brevispicata Lehm.
  • Mentha crispa L.
  • Mentha crispata Schrad. ex Willd.
  • Mentha glabra Mill.
  • Mentha hortensis Opiz ex Fresen.
  • Mentha inarimensis Guss.
  • Mentha integerrima Mattei & Lojac.
  • Mentha laciniosa Schur
  • Mentha laevigata Willd.
  • Mentha lejeuneana Opiz
  • Mentha lejeunei Opiz ex Rchb.
  • Mentha michelii Ten. ex Rchb.
  • Mentha ocymiodora Opiz
  • Mentha pectinata Raf.
  • Mentha piperella (Lej.) Opiz ex Lej. & Courtois
  • Mentha × piperita var. crispa (L.) W.D.J.Koch
  • Mentha pudina Buch.-Ham. ex Benth.
  • Mentha romana Bubani
  • Mentha romana Garsault
  • Mentha rosanii Ten.
  • Mentha rubicunda var. langiana Topitz
  • Mentha sepincola Holuby
  • Mentha spicata var. cordato-ovata Schinz & Thell.
  • Mentha spicata var. crispa Ridd.
  • Mentha spicata var. crispata (Schrad. ex Willd.) Schinz & Thell.
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Spearmint is a type of mint. It is also called garden mint, common mint, lamb mint and mackerel mint. It is native to Europe and southern Asia. It is naturalized in northern and southern Africa, North America and South America. It is used as a flavouring in food and herbal teas.

The species and subspecies have many synonyms.

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