The WALA Plant Library

Synonyms for Peppermint: Brandy Mint
Scientific Name: Mentha piperita L.
Family: Lamiaceae/Labiatae


Peppermint is a plant that is easily recognized by its distinctive scent: as soon as you rub the oval to lanceolate, dark green serrated leaves a little between your fingers they release their pungent fragrance. Anyone who plants a small amount of this perennial herb in their garden will soon find they have a whole carpet of it, as peppermint quickly spreads by means of surface and underground runners. The stems grow to a height of 30 to 80 cm and are adorned with dense clusters of pink flowers from July to September.