Mentha suaveolens

Apple mint

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Key information

Plant type


Flower colour



Aromatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

There is a wide range of mints available from nurseries, each with a subtly different aroma. Apple mint, as its name implies, has apple-scented foliage. Its leaves are oval, hairy and irregularly wrinkled. Pink or white tubular flowers are produced during summer on branched spikes. This mint tastes superb with new potatoes.

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Mentha

Species: suaveolens

Plant type: Herb

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Light 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: March to April

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Good to find a culinary use for this lovely mint.

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