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Mentha spicata var. crispa

Curly mint

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Key information

Plant type

Herb

Flower colour

Pink

Feature

Aromatic foliage

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

This spreading mint has aromatic, lance-shaped to oblong foliage. It bears cylindrical spikes of pink, lilac or white flowers, which are very attractive to butterflies. These plants are disease and rust resistant. They like lots of sun and water, but are very invasive and are best grown in containers. They are hardy and will die back to ground in winter. Top dress with compost in autumn if the plants are not lifted annually. A fragrant, ornamental plant, mint has many culinary uses: the essential oil is used is cosmetics, including soaps and colognes and as a flavour ingredient in products such as chewing gum and toothpaste. Essential oils of mint have been used against respiratory, digestive, nervous system and immune disorders.

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Mentha

Species: spicata

Cultivar: var. crispa

Plant type: Herb

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Aromatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Clay/heavy, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 100cm

Spread: 100cm

Time to divide plants: April to May

Flowering period: August to September


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