Peppermint is a hybrid mint, a cross between watermint and spearmint.
In the Wild
Peppermint typically occurs in moist habitats, including stream sides and drainage ditches. Being a hybrid, it is usually sterile, producing no seeds and reproducing only vegetatively, spreading by its roots. If placed, it can grow anywhere, with a few exceptions.
Where to grow
Peppermint generally grows best in moist, shaded locations, and it expands fast. So for the home gardener, it is often grown in containers to restrict rapid spreading. Keeping in mind, it grows best with a good supply of water, without being water-logged, and planted in areas with part-sun to shade.
Peppermint leaves and flowering tops are collected as soon as the flowers begin to open. For a full harvest cut the stems 1 inch from the ground. You can get two or three harvest like this in one growing season. You can also just pick the leaves as needed for fresh use. After a full harvesting the leaves and tops may be dried, distilled, frozen or they may be used fresh.
Peppermint is often used as tea and for flavouring ice cream, chewing gum, and toothpaste. It is the oldest and most popular flavour of mint-flavoured confectionery. Peppermint can also be found in some shampoos, soaps and skin care products.
The aroma of peppermint has been found to enhance memory.
Other ideas and information
Bees love the mint Flower. Where as mice and roaches hate the aroma of peppermint.