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Mint Chocolate

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MINCHO

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SKU:
MINCHO
Weight:
1.00 LBS
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3 feet
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3 feet
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Full Sun, Partial Shade
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Mentha x piperita 'Chocolate'
Attracts:
Pollinators, Butterflies
Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Deer Resistant:
Yes
Edible:
Yes
Family:
Mentha
Flower Color:
Purple
Foliage Color:
Green
Genus:
Mint
Growth Rate:
Fast
Hardiness Zone:
3a
Harvest Season:
Late Spring to Early Fall
Landscape Uses:
Massing, Garden, Herb, Container
Mature Height:
3 feet
Mature Width:
3 feet
Prune Time:
Cut Back In Fall
Light Needs:
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Water Needs:
Average to Moist
_callout-4|Light Needs:
Full Sun, Partial Shade
_callout-25|Foliage Color:
Green
_callout-26|Flower Color:
Purple
_callout-27|Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
_callout-28|Attracts:
Pollinators, Butterflies
_callout-10|Edible:
Yes
_callout-12|Deer Resistant:
Yes
_callout-17|Landscape Uses:
Massing, Garden, Herb, Container

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Mentha x piperita 'Chocolate'
A beautiful mint valued as a culinary herb or a groundcover; lavender flowers rise above in a mid summer show of color; great container plant and it is suggested that planting within a pot in the ground will curtail invasiveness

Edible Qualities

Chocolate Mint is a perennial herb that is typically grown for its edible qualities, although it does have ornamental merits as well. The fragrant oval green leaves are usually harvested from late spring to early fall. The leaves have a minty taste.

The leaves are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Cooking
  • Seasoning
  • Tea

Features

Chocolate Mint features bold spikes of lavender tubular flowers rising above the foliage in mid summer. Its attractive fragrant oval leaves remain green in color throughout the season.

This is an herbaceous perennial herb with a spreading, ground-hugging habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition. This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration:

  • Invasive

Aside from its primary use as an edible, Chocolate Mint is sutiable for the following landscape applications:

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Herb Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Chocolate Mint will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 3 feet. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant is quite ornamental as well as edible, and is as much at home in a landscape or flower garden as it is in a designated herb garden. It does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Chocolate Mint is a good choice for the edible garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. It is even sizeable enough that it can be grown alone in a suitable container. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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