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Spearmint

Mentha spicata

Description:

This is a spearmint plant that is a couple of years old and is almost 2 feet tall. It has some small purple flowers that are really fuzzy.

Habitat:

The spearmint is in our garden under full sun.

Notes:

This is the plant one of the 3rd-grade groups at John G picked (The Pink Cicadas). These are their questions from their observations: 1. Why are the flowers fluffy? 2. Why do the flowers not smell like the leaves? 3. What do the seeds look like?

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1 Comment

tacticalbee
tacticalbee 6 months ago

The mint oil does not travel to the flowers from the leaves, so the scent only stays in the flower, what do the flowers smell like? Do they have any smell? Why do you think that it's important for flowers to have a smell?

Certain flower shapes attract certain kinds of pollinators. For instance, bees like shallow flowers that have a place for landing on and tubular flowers that they can stick their tongue in and drink nectar.

Covington, Kentucky, United States

Spotted on Jul 7, 2021
Submitted on Jul 9, 2021

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