We have inherited nearly all of our Mints from Europe. Their strongest family traits consist of square stems, and opposite, simple, and odorous leaves. They are perennial herbs, with usually small-clustered, tubular flowers. The Spearmint grows commonly in wet places near cultivated grounds, where it has escaped from gardens, and may be found in blossom from July to September. This generally smooth, erect, and branching plant grows a foot or so high, from leafy runners or stolens. The sharply toothed, lance-shaped leaves are pointed at the tip and narrowed at the base. They are noticeably veined, and are set in alternating pairs upon the stalk, sometimes with short stems. They have a strong, aromatic taste, and are much in favour as a flavouring for meat sauces and cooling drinks. It is also used to some extent in medicine. The very small, pale purple, four-cleft, tubular flowers, are set in a tiny, five-parted, bell-shaped green calyx, and are gathered in small whorls, one above the other, with a space between; forming long, slim, terminal spikes, the central spike becoming very long. This Mint is found from Canada south to Florida and Kansas and west to Minnesota and Utah.