DESCRIPTION:  This culinary herb is also great as an ornamental plant; rounded, crinkled, rich green foliage; white flower spikes in mid-summer to early fall; great in containers and herb gardens;...
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DESCRIPTION This culinary herb is also great as an ornamental plant; rounded, crinkled, rich green foliage; white flower spikes in mid-summer to early fall; great in containers and herb gardens; guard against rapid invasiveness by using container in the ground.

BOTANICAL NAME: Mentha suaveolens
OTHER NAMES: Woolly Mint, Pineapple Mint, Round-leaved Mint
GROUP/CLASS: 
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 45 cm
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 60 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun to partial shade
FLOWER COLOUR: White
FLOWERING TIME: Summer
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Olive green
COLD HARDINESS: Annual
WATER NEEDS: Average
OTHER FEATURES: Edible

Edible Qualities

Apple Mint is an annual herb that is typically grown for its edible qualities, although it does have ornamental merits as well. The fragrant pointy green leaves are usually harvested from late spring to early fall. The leaves have a minty taste and a pleasant fragrance.

The leaves are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Cooking
  • Seasoning
  • Tea

Planting & Growing

Apple Mint will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. This annual will live outdoors for one full growing season.

This plant is quite ornamental as well as edible, and is as much at home in a landscape or flower garden as it is in a designated edibles garden. It does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. 

Apple Mint is a good choice for the edible garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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