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Scientific classification
M. spicata
Binomial name
Mentha spicata

(of M. spicata subsp. condensata)[2]

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

(of M. spicata subsp. spicata)[3]

  • Mentha michelii (L.) Benth.
  • Rchb. Ten. ex Rchb.
  • Mentha ocymiodora Opiz
  • Mentha pectinata Mentha brevispicata
  • Raf. Mentha piperella
  • (Lej.) Opiz ex Lej. & Courtois Mentha × piperita var. crispa
  • Lehm. (L.) W.D.J.Koch
  • Mentha pudina Buch.-Ham. ex Benth.
  • Mentha romana Mentha crispa
  • Bubani Mentha romana
  • Garsault Mentha aquatica subsp. crispa
  • L. Ten.
  • Mentha rubicunda var. langiana Topitz
  • Mentha sepincola Mentha crispata
  • Holuby Mentha spicata var. cordato-ovata
  • Schinz & Thell. Mentha spicata var. crispa
  • Schrad. ex Willd. Ridd.
  • Mentha spicata var. crispata (Schrad. ex Willd.) Schinz & Thell.
  • Mentha spicata subsp. glabrata Mentha glabra
  • (Lej. & Courtois) Lebeau Mentha spicata var. oblongifolia
  • (Wimm. & Grab.) Lebeau Mentha aquatica var. crispa
  • (L.) G.Mey. Mill.
  • (Lej. & Courtois) Schinz & Thell. Mentha spicata var. undulata
  • (Willd.) Lebeau Mentha hortensis
  • L. Mentha sylvestris var. crispata
  • W.D.J.Koch Opiz ex Fresen.
  • W.D.J.Koch Mentha sylvestris var. undulata
  • (Willd.) W.D.J.Koch Mentha inarimensis
  • Heinr.Braun Mentha tenuiflora
  • Mentha atrata Guss.
  • Michx. Mentha undulata
  • Willd. Mentha integerrima
  • Pérard Mentha viridis
  • (L.) L. Mattei & Lojac.
  • Lej. ex Rchb. Mentha viridis var. crispa
  • Benth. Mentha laciniosa
  • (Schrad. ex Willd.) Becker Mentha walteriana
  • Schur Schur
  • Mentha laevigata Willd.
  • Opiz Mentha lejeuneana
  • Mentha viridis var. crispata Mentha viridis var. angustifolia
  • Mentha balsamea Opiz
  • Mentha viridifolia Mentha tenuis
  • Opiz Mentha lejeunei
  • Mentha tauschii Mentha sylvestris var. glabra
  • Mentha spicata var. viridis Opiz ex Rchb.
  • Mentha spicata var. piperella Mentha rosanii

Spearmint is a type of mint. It is also called garden mint, common mint, lamb mint and mackerel mint.[4] 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.[4]

The species and subspecies have many synonyms.


  1. "Mentha L.". Germplasm Resources Information Network. United States Department of Agriculture. 2004-09-10. 
  2. "Mentha spicata subsp. condensata (Briq.) Greuter & Burdet". Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 
  3. "Mentha spicata subsp. spicata". Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Seidemann, Johannes. (2005). World spice plants. Berlin: Springer. ISBN 978-3-540-27908-2 . OCLC 262680646 .