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Peppermint roots

Multiple stolon of peppermint

Why is it the best things are also the worst?

Peppermint is an easy plant to grow, it smells lovely, it’s useful in cooking, and yet it can invade your garden and turn it into a peppermint farm.

The plant’s main invasion tool are its stolons, or horizontal stems, which creep along and send out roots and shoots at intervals. 

Young stolons are an attractive bright purple, while the grandaddy ones are crusty brown and can be thicker than the base of your finger. Either way they’re a force to be reckoned with.

I’m very reluctant to have an all-out war on this lovely plant, but I’ve recognised the need to pull up some of it.

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