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aturalized Photo: Shaista Ahmad
Common name: Spearmint, Garden mint, Lamb mint • Hindi: पहाड़ी पुदीना Pahari Pudina • Kannada: ಬೆಟ್ಟದ ಪುದೀನ Bettada Pudina • Nepali: पुदिना Pudinaa, बाबरी Baabaree, पतिना Patinaa
Botanical name: Mentha spicata    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Spearmint has been naturalized from Europe and may be found in moist fields and waste places. It is also cultivated to some extent for the distillation of the oil, and for domestic use it is a familiar garden plant. Spearmint is a herbaceous perennial plant growing 30 to 100 cm tall, with leaves growing 5-9 cm long and 1.5-3 cm broad, having a serrated margin. The flowers are produced in slender spikes, each flower pink or white, 2.5-3 mm long and broad.

Identification credit: Tabish Photographed in Delhi.

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