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Mentha spicata 'Kentucky Colonel'Kentucky Colonel Spearmint

Selected plant size: 3-inch pot

Mentha spicata 'Kentucky Colonel' Kentucky Colonel Spearmint image

Mentha spicata 'Kentucky Colonel'Kentucky Colonel Spearmint

Selected plant size: 3-inch pot

About this plant

2 Feet
Perennial in Zones 5-11
Flower Color
Full/Part Sun, Herbaceous
Butterfly, Culinary, Fragrant

Growing & using Kentucky Colonel Spearmint

Kentucky Colonel Spearmint

We carry four kinds of spearmint. Each with its own special merit. Kentucky Colonel Mint has the advantage of great flavor and large leaves. While spearmints can be dried, they are typically used fresh because they have a sweet, non astringent flavor. Peppermints are typically dried because their menthol content can over power food or drink if it is used fresh. This is due to a high menthol content which spearmints do not have.

Kentucky Colonel Spearmint can be used in any recipe calling for spearmint, including mint sauce and mint jelly. It is particularly nice in that southern favorite, the Mint Julep.

Mint Julep

Nothing is better on a warm summer day!

  • 1 serving
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp water
  • 5 or 6 Kentucky Colonel Mint leaves
  • 2 ounces of your finest Kentucky Bourbon
  • Crushed Ice
  • Fresh Mint Sprig

Put the sugar, water and mint leaves in the bottom of a glass. Mash with a spoon until the sugar is dissolved and the essence of mint is extracted. Fill the glass with ice. When frost forms on the outside, slowly pour in the bourbon, letting it trickle through the ice, then stir. Garnish with a sprig of mint. (very important for the fragrance influences the palate).

This recipe is from Maggie Oster’s Book Recipes from an American Herb Garden. She in turn gives credit to John Egerton’s book Southern Food.

The Kentucky Mint Julep

The Kentucky Mint Julep by Colonel Joe Nickel is a small book full of history, lore and recipes. Who knew there could be so many different ways to create this simple drink? Sections include several pages each for Historical Juleps (dating back to around 1898), Modern Juleps (frozen juleps sound perfect for summer or punchbowl juleps for that herb dinner or barbecue) and non-alcoholic Juleps (just enjoy the mint). It is after all about the mint.

Our Kentucky Colonel Mint is the mint of choice for both Juleps and the Mojitos, a Cuban version of the Mint Julep.

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Kentucky Colonel Mint grows happily in a color bowl!

Like all mints, Kentucky Colonel Mint, should be confined to a pot. Mints grow better in pots that have a wide surface area rather than a lot of depth. This 14 inch color bowl makes a perfect mint pot, at least for the first year. After that, your mint will need to be divided and repotted with fresh soil each spring.

Kentucky Colonel Mint would make a great addition to our Tea Herb Garden Six Pack.

This plant is often available in plug trays. These trays hold 128 of all the same plant. They are a great low cost way to fill a lot of space. Each cell is 3/4 of inch by an inch. Check here to see if Kentucky Colonel Mint Plug Trays are available.

Read our Mint Care and Tips page for more on how to tame your mint.

See our Great Mint Repotting Caper for more on proper soil, division and replanting of mints.

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