Who founded the spearmint plant?
Spearmint is native to the Mediterranean region, and has been naturalized to Europe and North America. Spearmint can be grown in pots, as garden herb, or cultivated on a larger scale as a field crop for the production of essential oils. (The United States produces more than 70% of the world's supply of spearmint.) Harvest the leaves just before the flowering stage for culinary uses. The whole plant may be used to distill essential oils.
First : Why would you give spearmint to the dog ? Second : NO it's not. Spearmint is safe for dogs, so is peppermint. Wintergreen is the mint that dogs CAN'T have. Several companies make dog biscuits that aid in eliminating bad breath which contain spearmint: MilkBone, Booda Bone, etc. Also, there are mint flavored tennis balls for dogs which uses spearmint.
Fresh spearmint leaves are available all year. Choose spearmint leaves that are fresh, and bright green with a spearmint scent. Avoid wilted, yellow leaves or stems that have begun to flower. At home, wash the leaves in clean running water, pat dry, and store in the vegetable compartment of the refrigerator for use within a few days. Dried spearmint is often used to prepare tea or other drinks. To dry, mint leaves are spread on…
I have heard of several: Crown Imperial - a bulb to be planted in the fall, the bulb smells like a skunk and is said to repel rats and deer. Catmint/Catnip, Spearmint and Peppermint - Either plant the plant or use the dried leaves. The live plants are supposed to be better. I am planting it all and hopefully one will work - I have a horrible field rat problem.