Mints II / Mentha

Peppermint (Mentha x piperita) It is generally believed that Peppermint is a cross between Spearmint (Mentha spicata) and Water Mint (Mentha aquatica) and since most of the plants are sterile, it can’t be produced from seed. This traditional mint is good for teas and prefers partial shade with evenly moist (but not wet) soils. Grows 12-20″ high by 36-48″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

Apple Mint (Mentha suaveolens) This tall herbaceous perennial has fuzzy pale green foliage and needs frequent pruning to prevent it from flowering. A blend of Apple Mint and Chamomile makes a nice calming cup of herbal tea, and it is a good garnish for fruit salads. It also prefers a part sun exposure with even soil moisture. Grows 2-3′ high by 2′ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium) This native of Europe is probably best not used as a culinary herb, as it is too strong to be ingested by pregnant women. That said, it is an excellent bug repellent and can be planted anywhere ants are wreaking havoc to keep them at bay. It is an aggressive spreader, which is why it also makes a good groundcover. Grows 4-16″ high by 2′ +. Hardy to zone 6.

Kentucky Colonel Mint (Mentha x ‘Kentucky Colonel’) Although often listed as a cultivar of Spearmint, this plant is actually a hybrid of Apple Mint (Mentha suaveolens) and Spearmint (Mentha spicata). It is one of the essential ingredients for Mint Juleps and may also be used in Mojitos. The fruity taste also works in desserts and jellies. Grows 18″ high by 24″wide. Zone 5.

Chocolate Mint (Mentha x piperita ‘Chocolate Mint’ [syn. ‘Chocolate’]) There is no mistaking the distinctive chocolate mint mint scent, although some say that it doesn’t translate into flavour. Chop it fresh and add to ice cream or as a garnish on hot chocolate. The bees and butterflies really love this plant when it is left to flower. Grows 12-18″ high by 24″ wide. Hardy to zone 4.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Gardening and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Mints II / Mentha

  1. Michael says:

    i think the one that i have is this one ‘Apple Mint (Mentha suaveolens) only if you had a picture of the flower then i could tell if mine is that kind i guess that i just can’t go by the plants look because on my fuzzy mint plant the color is more of a whitish green and the spearmint shaped flower is white and on mine the leaves come to a point yours does to but yours isn’t as white as mine is.

    i got my fuzzy mint plants off of a dry grassy slop it was growing in shade and sun

    oh yeah why prevent it from flowering wouldn’t it be better for it to flower mine has a bunch of flowers and bugs on them but not now sens it been getting hot in the day time and cold at night

  2. Michael says:

    i bet you i could make that mint plant produce some seeds
    if i had the plant

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s