Apple Mint1

$7.50

Upright culinary and medicinal perennial herb forming a good ground cover in moister areas.

Description

Upright herbaceous culinary and medicinal perennial herb forming a good ground cover in moister areas.

  • Botanical Name: Mentha suaveolens
  • Plant Family: Lamiaceae (Mint)
  • Synonyms: Woolly Mint, Round-leaved Mint
  • Form: Herb
  • Lifecycle: Perennial
  • Use 1. Culinary: The aromatic downy green leaves have a mild apple flavour and can be used in green and fruit salads, to make apple mint sauce and jelly, to flavour couscous or to jugs of water.
  • Use 2. Medicinal: This plant, like all mints, has antiseptic and digestive properties and can be used to treat fevers, headaches and indigestion. Avoid if pregnant.
  • Use 2. Tea:  Mint teas are particularly refreshing. Avoid if pregnant.
  • Use 3. Ground Cover: Spreading on stolons, mints will gradually form a dense low level ground cover and can be invasive where conditions are right. Plant in a pot or container such as an old bath tub to contain the root system. 
  • Use 4. Poultry: Mint is said to deter rats and mice therefore growing it around grain storage areas for chooks can be helpful.
  • Growing Conditions: Prefers moist soil in full sun but will tolerate drier soils in summer as well as part shade. Tolerates heavy clay.
  • Height: 60cm 
  • Hardiness: Hardy to -30
  • Flowering time:  Early to late summer
  • Pollination: Self-fertile
  • Biodiversity value: Attracts bees and butterflies
  • Native to:  Europe, Turkey and parts of North Africa
  • Food Forest Fit: Ground cover layer on sunny edge. Rapid colonisation of moist soils. Possibly not suited to smaller gardens.
  • Fun Fact: Apple mint makes a great plant for a hanging basket!
  • Pot size: 9cm