The mint genus (Mentha) from the mint family ( Lamiaceae ) includes many species for different uses . The best-known varieties include peppermint (Mentha × piperita ) , Green mint (Mentha spicata ) and mojito mint (Mentha nemorosa ) . The exact origin is difficult to define as it grows almost everywhere. The northern hemisphere is usually mentioned as the origin of mint. Mint is known for the refreshing taste of its leaves, although they vary in appearance depending on the species. The mostly hardy perennial plant can grow up to 1 meter tall and prefers a sunny to semi-shady location with peat -free , humus- rich soil . Because the plant is a prolific spreader , it should be planted alone . It thrives best outside on the balcony or in the garden, but should not be kept indoors . Outdoors, mint should not be sown before May.
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