Apple Mint: Mentha Suavolens

The Mentha genus, a member of the Labiatae family, numbers 25 species of aromatic, perennial herbs that are native to Europe, Africa and Asia. Apple mint grows around the Mediterranean and is very popular because of its aroma and taste, although some people do not like using it because of its hairy leaves.

This fast-growing herbaceous perennial that grows up to 100 cm (39 in) high has arching stems with rounded, grey-green leaves, splashed with white in the “Variegata” variety. The tubular, white or pink flowers that appear in spring attract many bees.

English: Apple mint (Mentha suaveolens) flower...

English: Apple mint (Mentha suaveolens) flower Español: La flor de Hierbabuena (Mentha suaveolens). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mint looks very good combined with other plants in hanging baskets and window boxes. It prefers sandy, humus-rich soil and need plenty of water and careful feeding. It will grow in sun or partial shade. It can be propagated from cuttings or seed in spring or autumn.

10. December 2013 by Dave Pinkney
Categories: Container Gardening, Hanging Baskets, Perennials | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Apple Mint: Mentha Suavolens

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