Peppermint (Mentha x. piperita) Plant

Peppermint plant, showing opposite, oval-shaped leaves with slight points, and dark purple-red stemsView Full Resolution

This photo shows peppermint plants growing. Relative to spearmint, the leaf margins are much less serrated. On this particular plant, the leaves are more oval-shaped, but this is not universal. Note the distinctive red-purple stems, with this reddish hue extending slightly to the larger veins of mature leaves, and the margiins of young leaves.

This reddish-purple color to the stems is a distinctive feature of peppermint and one of the easiest ways to tell it apart from other mints, which rarely exhibit this characteristic.

This image is featured in our article on Peppermint Tea.

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