VALERIE’S VIEW from the Greenhouse!



Common names are somewhat confusing. We get many requests for mint. Our question to the customer is ‘which mint?’ We have Spearmint, Peppermint, Mojito Mint, Strawberry Mint, Banana Mint and on and on. We try to use the scientific or botanical names when possible as we ourselves become confused. 
For instance, on the Herb table we usually have several Mentha spicatas: Spearmint and Yerba Buena to name two. We have Mentha peperitas: Peppermint and Chocolate Mint. We carry Mojito Mint (Mentha villosa) and Banana Mint (Mentha arvensis). On occasion, we have Ginger Mint, Corsican Mint, Apple Mint and Pineapple Mint.
We carry Pineapple Sage, which is Salvia, but many assume it is a mint. We have several Hummingbird Mints in the Perennial area which are Agastaches. Customers come in looking for Catmint. We ask if they want Catmint, Nepeta faassenii or are they looking for Catnip, for their cats, which is Nepeta cataria. 
It does not matter which mint you are looking for. Chances are we have it or something similar. Come get your mint.