Mint is the name of a large family of plants. Some are catnip, thyme, bee balm, lavender, pepper-mint, spearmint, sage, rosemary, and marjoram. These plants are grown all over the world and have many uses, especially in flavorings.
The common variety of mint that grows in gardens is a hardy PERENNIAL with square stems, creeping roots, and light purple blossoms. The fragrant leaves grow in pairs, one on each side of the stem. Mint is a favorite cooking herb and is used in sauces, iced tea, vegetables, and jellies.