The Romans crowned themselves with peppermint, and the poet Ovid referred to mint as a symbol of hospitality. The Greeks believed peppermint could clear the voice and cure hiccups. It was thought to be a remedy for mad dog bites when combined with salt. The colonists brought peppermint to America for medicinal use.
This sterile hybrid has erect, square stems tinted reddish purple. The dark green leaves are opposite, ovate to lanceolate, with serrated edges. The axillary flowers have purple terminal spikes.
Aromatic, cosmetic, culinary, and medicinal.
Fresh or dried leaves scent sachets and potpourris. They also are used in herbal water to refresh and cool skin, in facials to cleanse skin, and in lotions. Peppermint flavors candy, gum, teas, mint water, vinegars, jellies, and sauces. It is said to have some medicinal qualities.
Our 4-inch seedlings were planted inside 5-gallon pots with the bottoms cut out. Since the garden was a one-season project, we buried the pots in the ground with about 1 to 2 inches of rim exposed to inhibit spreading growth. We controlled creeping runners by ripping them out whenever they invaded adjacent areas. The runners wrapped themselves around the inside of the pot many times despite our diligent efforts.