Horse mint 🌿🍃🌸

One of the 600 varieties of mint…
Horse mint (scientific name Mentha longifolia) is an herbaceous plant of the Lamiaceae family. The Mentha genus is one of the most complex in the plant kingdom, encompassing numerous hybrids with a wide variety of fragrances and flavors.
It grows from 20 to 80 cm in height and thrives in humid places, along ditches and riverbanks, in meadows, at the edges of roads, up to 2000 meters in altitude. The leaves are whitish, silky, long, and pointed. The pink-violet flowers 🌺🌸 are grouped in compact spikes, forming a pyramid shape, and attract various types of insects for pollination 🐝🦋. The plant has a slightly unpleasant aromatic smell.
Mint has been known since ancient times for its medicinal qualities, attributed to various chemical compounds, especially an alcohol extracted from mint essence 🍵: menthol.
⁉️ Did you know? 😲
The name Mentha, according to Greek mythology 🏛️, derives from that of a nymph: Minthe, loved by Hades, whom Persephone transformed into a plant out of jealousy.
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