Botanical Name: Mentha piperita Seeds per Pack: 100
Peppermint does best in rich, moist soil. It prefers shaded locations but is highly adaptable and can do well in a variety of environments. As a member of the Lamiaceae family, peppermint is highly aromatic and tends to spread quickly once established. The fresh or dried leaves are used for baking and culinary creations.
Mentha piperita is a bushy herb that can grow upright to a height of one to two feet. It features dark green, rounded toothy leaves, which are fuzzy in appearance. Peppermint blooms white to lavender flowers in the summer, and spreads via runners more often than by seed.
When growing from seed, start indoors eight to ten weeks prior to last frost or plant directly outside in early spring. Fortunately, peppermint requires little maintenance and will take anywhere from 12-16 days to sprout. Once plants are at least four weeks old and temperatures exceed 50 degrees, young plants can be moved outside if started indoors.