Mentha spicata - Hardy, herbaceous perennial. 45-60 cms height. Full sun to part shade. Purple pink flowers in the summer and autumn. Excellent culinary herb. Use in wide variety of dishes asking for mint. Leaves used to make a tea. Leaves can be used fresh, dried or frozen. Good companion plant near roses as it deters aphids. Prefers a rich moist to damp soil with some shade. Mulch well in hot weather to keep roots cool and retain moisture. In the wild it grows on stream banks. Said to deter mice. Prune or harvest regularly to help maintain vigour. Fast growing and spreading roots, can become invasive. Does well in pots. Not frost tender.