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Mentha longifolia

Menthe à feuilles longues
Horsemint

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

white

Flower size

3-4.5 mm

Flowering months

June,

July,

August,

September,

October

Leaf type

Lanceolate

Height

40 – 120 cm

Description

As with all mints, it has a creeping rootstock. Leaves are strongly minty. Damp habitats.

Flowers

The flowers are pinkish-white in dense, tapering spikes.

Leaves

Lanceolate leaf is lance-shaped: long and widest in the middle. Long, wider in the middle, pointed, serrated, white hairy beneath, 5-9 cm.

Fruits Seeds

Nut: 1-4 small nuts that do not split open when ripe, enclosed within the calyx.

Edible

Leaves: in Indian chutneys and as a substitute for peppermint oil in confectionary.

Medical

Leaves: in tea to treat fever, headaches and digestive problems. Not suitable for pregnant women, in large doses it could cause a miscarriage.

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