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Mentha × smithiana

For sale by Home Farm - Wendy

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Mentha smithiana syn. rubra. Red mint.
Culinary Uses
Excellent accompaniment to lamb and potato dishes, especially in mint sauce.
Goes especially well with peas.
Good in yoghurt dishes.
Can be chopped into fruit salad.
Can be infused and used to make herbal tea.
Crystallize as decoration for sweets.
Other Uses
Can be grown near roses to deter aphids.
Scattered leaves can deter mice.
Can be used in pot pourri.

Mentha × smithiana | Looe, Cornwall , PL13
Pot SizeTotal Price
0.25 litres

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Mentha × smithiana (Mint). Robust and vigorous spreading perennial grows 50 to 150 cm tall. A red tinged and sweetly scented. The leaves are 3 to 9 cm and ovate and semi glabrous. In the summer it produces spikes of dense whorls of tubular lilac flowers each of which are about 5mm long.


They are very frost hardy, and need sunshine and rich soil with lots of moisture. You can propagate from seed or by root division in spring or autumn.

Interest and use

Grown for their aromatic foliage, which is both decorative and used as a culinary herb.

Italics = data drawn from parent genus or species

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Mentha × smithiana | Looe, Cornwall , PL13 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2019
  • LightFull sun, Part shade or Shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -23°C)
  • SoilPoor quality
  • WaterSemi-moist

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    I can swap various mint varieties for named varieties of rosemary, thymes and bay. If you have any other herbs I might be interested in... just ask!

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