Mint, Corsican (ornamental)

Name

Botanical Name

Family

Native to

Water

Sun

 

Soil

Height

Width

Space

Corsican mint, ornamental mint, creeping mint

Mentha requienii

Lamiaceae 

Corsica and Sardinia, Italy but 

Keep soil moist - but not soggy

Full sun; part shade in hot climates - especially in afternoon (protect from direct, intense light and heat)

Must be well-drained

2-4"

6-12"

8-10"

Price

Strawberry pots:  $24.00

 

Clay pots and other planters: 

Prices Vary

Description

  • A low-growing, creeping mint with small, bright, green leaves that emit a strong, minty aroma when bruised.  

  • Very small lavender flowers

Keeping it Going

  • Requires well-drained soil and consistent moisture - not soggy!

  • During winter months, allow soil to almost dry out.  Wet soil in winter will produce root rot.

  • Thin plants to avoid overcrowding

  • Corsican mint is a light feeder.  Give it a balanced water-soluble fertilizer 1x in Spring if necessary.  Over-fertilization will burn its roots.    

  • Thin plants to avoid overcrowding

Won't Tolerate

  • Drought (except in winter - allow soil to slightly dry out during colder months)

  • Soggy soil

  • Direct, intense heat and sun.  Morning sun is optimum in hot climates.

  • Extreme cold.  If planted outside, in a warmer zone, you can lightly mulch over the plant to protect it from frost.

  • Freezing temperatures

History

&

Points of Interest

  • The genus name, Menthe, comes from Greek mythology.  It was the name of a water nymph who was transformed, by Persephone, into a mint plant in revenge for having an affair with her husband, Hades.

  • Easily grown indoors (provide some sunlight)

  • Can be used:  As ground cover (stepping stones and other areas of light foot traffic); in containers; as a planting in stone walls; etc.

  • Edible:  Can be used to flavor drinks, ice cream and baked goods

  • Companion plant for the Brassica family.  It repels insect pests and may also improve the flavor of these plants.

  • Cut and come again 

  • Attracts beneficial insects and butterflies

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