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Mentha × smithiana

Mint

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Features

  • BloomsJune
  • Height0.5m to 1.5m
  • Growth HabitCarpet
  • Flower ColourLilac
  • Leaf ColourDark green and red-tinged

Description

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.

Characteristics

Perennial, Fragrant

Origin

Europe

Interest and use

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

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Needs

  • LightFull sun, Part shade or Shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -23°C)
  • SoilPoor quality
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

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.

Propagation

You can propagate from seed or by root division in spring or autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Plants can be invasive and often grown in containers partly for this reason.

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