Spearmint Plants (Mentha spicata) in Dense Growth

Dense growth of spearmint plants, with opposite leaves, pointy and serratedView Full Resolution

This photo shows dense growth of spearmint, Mentha spicata. Spearmint primarily reproduces vegetatively, spreading aggressively by runners on or just under the surface of the soil, and also rooting at the node when tall stems fall over. The growth pictured here is likely a single plant.

The aggressive growth habit of spearmint causes it to dominate garden beds, choking out other plants. It thrives in the consistently moist, nutrient-rich conditions that many gardeners work to create.

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