Mentha X piperita
Like all mints this is a hardy, fragrant perennial with a vigorous
, not to say rampant, growth habit!
Best grown in a pot or container as, left free-range,
Mints will soon overpower most gardens.
Mints like a moist rich soil in at least partial shadeas they are prone to baking in full sun.
This variety, one of our personal favourites,has dark green, almost brown, leaves
and small whorls of mauve flowers in the Summer.
It is a very strong flavoured mint, - all mints have menthol
(the Essential Oil of Mint), but Peppermint hasby far the highest amount.
As a result of this wonderful scent/taste it is best used chopped on Ice Cream,
in Cakes, Summer Drinks and Teas.
Hardy = frost tolerant. Half-hardy = likes winter protection. Tender = will not survive frosts.
Annual = lasts one season only . Biennial = lasts two seasons. Perennial = lasts more than two seasons
Deciduous = loses its leaves in the winter.
Evergreen = remains green all year