Did you know there are an estimated 600 different types of mint worldwide! Spearmint is a basic variety Mentha spicata with large flavorful leaves. Use it in iced tea or any other cold drink including mojitos of course. Spearmint may by cut and hung upside down to dry. Cut often to stave off flowering. Any mint will spread all over the place and you should be careful where you plant it. The best place for a mint plant is probably in a pot or it will takeover any area in which it is planted. Mint enjoys partial shade, especially in our climate. It can grow in direct sun, but will not stay nice for cutting very long into the summer. Mint is very hardy and if you do plant it in a pot or large container such as a half barrel, you can leave it outside all winter.