Common Names: Mint, Peppermint, Spearmint

Botanical names: Mentha spp.

Availability: Summer

Vase life: 4 to 10 days, depending on variety.

Storage temperatures: 32 - 34 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: The foliage typically consists of opposite, toothed leaves that are arranged in pairs along square-shaped stems, which are often hairy. The leaves vary in size and shape depending on the species and variety, but they are generally oval to lance-shaped with a pointed tip.

Color: Colors can range from deep green to variegated shades of green and cream.

Botanical facts: One of the defining characteristics of mint is its strong and distinctive aroma, which is released when the leaves are crushed or bruised.

Design notes: The color and texture of mint leaves offers a unique addition to a floral arrangement. The mint fragrance makes it an excellent addition to bridal bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres.

Purchasing hints: Look for stems with leaves that appear fresh and are free from damage, discoloration, or signs of pest infestation.

Conditioning: Cut two inches off of the stem ends with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of water and commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: Mint is highly valued for its culinary versatility and is used to flavor a wide range of dishes, including salads, beverages, desserts, and savory dishes. It is also commonly used to make teas, sauces, and condiments.