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Mentha x piperita

Peppermint is part of the Mentha genus and its scientific name is Mentha x piperita.

Like most mints these are easily propagated from cuttings, in many climates they can easily take root while sitting in plain water.

This variety typically blooms in the following colours:   Amethyst. The mature flowers are of a clustered form. The leaves of this particular variety normally show as   Napier green colour. It is an edible herb that typically grows as a perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more. Peppermint is known for its forb habit and growing to a height of approximately 38.1 cm (1.24 feet). Expect blooming to occur in early summer. Popular varieties of Peppermint with home gardeners are Chocolate, Grapefruit, Black, Variegata and Swiss.

Peppermint is great for inexperienced gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Peppermint have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Peppermint

  • Full Sun

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  • Partial Sun

  • High

Easy propagation from cuttings.
Spreads by its rhizomes.

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun and remember to water often. Zone 4 to 9 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Peppermint requires a soil ph of 6.0 - 7.0 meaning it does best in weakly acidic soil - neutral soil. Keep in mind when planting that Peppermint is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will tend to survive through freezing conditions.

See our list of companion Plants for Peppermint to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Peppermint from seed

Keep moist, but not wet.

Soil temperature should be kept higher than 21°C / 70°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Peppermint

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Peppermint is a very hardy plant.

Harvesting Peppermint

Just before flowering harvest stems and use fresh, dry,1 or freeze.

Drying can be done by hanging stems upside down in the shade, or dry in a very slow oven.1

Common Peppermint problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Peppermint plants:

Peppermint Folklore & Trivia

According to Greek mythology Pluto (the god of the underworld) fell for the nymph Menthe. Pluto’s wife Proserpina turned Mentha into an herb to keep her husband away from the nymph.1

Other names for Peppermint

Mint, sweet mint, candy mint

Mentha piperita, Mentha × piperita, Mentha × piperita L.

Misspellings: Mentha x peperita, pepper mint,

Latest Peppermint Reviews

  • 06 Nov 2011

    Loratika Loratika's Peppermint was Reviewed day

    Peppermint is an herb that grows very easily with little attention. I have it growing in a pot that I never fertilize and rarely water, other than the rainfall that naturally occurs, but I’d like to see how it would do with a little attention. It is such

    3 stars

  • 19 May 2011

    angelchrome angelchrome's Mint, Chocolate was Reviewed day 1126

    Grows slower than regular peppermint. I kept it in a contained area next to my front door and it smelled amazing in late spring when it really took off. It does still take some management, as mints do

    4 stars

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