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Mentha suaveolens 'Variegata' (Pineapple mint)

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

Plant details

Botanical name

Mentha suaveolens 'Variegata'

Other names

Pineapple mint, Variegated apple mint, Variegated round-leaved mint

Genus

Mentha Mentha

Variety or Cultivar

'Variegata' _ 'Variegata' is a vigorously spreading, deciduous perennial with softly hairy, pineapple-scented, ovate, toothed, wrinkled, bright- to grey-green leaves with cream margins. Dense spikes of whorled, tubular, white to pale pink flowers bloom in summer.


Mentha suaveolens 'Variegata' is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Foliage is highly fragrant.

Habit

Spreading

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Cream, Variegated, Grey-green in Spring; Variegated, Grey-green, Cream in Summer; Cream, Variegated, Grey-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Caterpillars , Leafhoppers Caterpillars , Leafhoppers

Mint rust , Powdery mildew Mint rust , Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Cut back in autumn.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

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

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Plant in poor, moist soil in sun. It has invasive roots, so site carefully or restrict root run by planting it in a deep pot within the ground.

Soil type

Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

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

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Mentha suaveolens 'Variegata'

Other names

Pineapple mint, Variegated apple mint, Variegated round-leaved mint

Genus

Mentha Mentha

Variety or Cultivar

'Variegata' _ 'Variegata' is a vigorously spreading, deciduous perennial with softly hairy, pineapple-scented, ovate, toothed, wrinkled, bright- to grey-green leaves with cream margins. Dense spikes of whorled, tubular, white to pale pink flowers bloom in summer.

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Foliage is highly fragrant.

Habit

Spreading


Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Cream, Variegated, Grey-green in Spring; Variegated, Grey-green, Cream in Summer; Cream, Variegated, Grey-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Caterpillars , Leafhoppers

Specific diseases

Mint rust , Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Cut back in autumn.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

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

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Plant in poor, moist soil in sun. It has invasive roots, so site carefully or restrict root run by planting it in a deep pot within the ground.

Soil type

Loamy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Moisture-retentive

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

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

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Mentha suaveolens 'Variegata' (Pineapple 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 'Variegata' (Pineapple 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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