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This is a short-lived perennial which has square stems and pointed leaves, which sport a hairy white underside. The leaves have a minty aroma, hence the name, and small purple flowers are produced in abundant spikes which grow to 6 inches long.
It is used for both culinary and medicinal purposes, and it is particularly used as a cure for hangovers, as a refreshing tea.. It flowers from July to September to a spread of 1 m x 0.6 m. It is self fertile and attractive to wildlife, especially bees throughout the summer.
Easy to grow form seed, plant in the spring in a warm place with a thin covering of compost/vermiculite.