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Mentha suaveolens (Apple mint)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.5m
Max height
0.3m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Mentha suaveolens

Other names

Apple mint, Woolly mint, Mentha rotundifolia, Round-leaved mint

Genus

Mentha Mentha

Species

M. suaveolens - M. suaveolens is a spreading perennial herb, with apple scented leaves, and tall stems carrying light lilac flowers in summer.


Mentha suaveolens is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Foliage is highly fragrant.

Habit

Spreading

Flower

Pale-purple in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Caterpillars , Leafhoppers Caterpillars , Leafhoppers

Mint rust , Powdery mildew Mint rust , Powdery mildew

General care

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Mentha suaveolens (Apple mint) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.3m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Bees (attract & feed bees), Cottage/Informal, Flavouring food and drinks, Wildlife

Cultivation

Grow in any moist soil in sun or partial shade. It has invasive roots, so site carefully or restrict root run by planting it in a pot within the ground.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Mentha suaveolens

Other names

Apple mint, Woolly mint, Mentha rotundifolia, Round-leaved mint

Genus

Mentha Mentha

Species

M. suaveolens - M. suaveolens is a spreading perennial herb, with apple scented leaves, and tall stems carrying light lilac flowers in summer.

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Foliage is highly fragrant.

Habit

Spreading


Colour

Flower

Pale-purple in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Caterpillars , Leafhoppers

Specific diseases

Mint rust , Powdery mildew

General care

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Mentha suaveolens (Apple mint) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.3m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Bees (attract & feed bees), Cottage/Informal, Flavouring food and drinks, Wildlife

Cultivation

Grow in any moist soil in sun or partial shade. It has invasive roots, so site carefully or restrict root run by planting it in a pot within the ground.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Mentha suaveolens (Apple mint)

Common pest name

Green semi-looper

Scientific pest name

Chrysodeixis eriosoma

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous moth pest which is morphologically identical to a pest already established in the UK in protected environments and being controlled by IPM. Not expected to cause greater impacts than other species of Chrysodeixis in the UK.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Mentha suaveolens (Apple mint)

Common pest name

tomato thrips

Scientific pest name

Ceratothripoides brunneus

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Thrips present in Africa; the Caribbean and parts of Asia; frequently intercepted in the UK. Can cause significant damage to tomatoes and other crops in countries where it is present. Europe wide PRA will consider its potential to establish and cause damage.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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Tiny Black Specs

I have noticed some tiny black specs on the underside of my mint leaves, since then I have seen them on the basil and sunflowers too. They seem to be surrounded by a milky substance, either that or… read more

Mentha suaveolens

Its flowers are very attractive to butterflies, including the small tortoiseshell shown in the photograph. It is a native of moist banks in the south-west, but occurs elsewhere as a naturalised… read more

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