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Jamaican Mint Tree, Kama Sutra Mint Tree

Satureja viminea

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Satureja (sa-tu-REE-ja) (Info)
Species: viminea (vim-IN-ee-uh) (Info)

Category:

Shrubs

Trees

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Brandon, Florida

Fort Myers, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Indialantic, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Houston, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Feb 26, 2011, dakra137 from West Orange, NJ wrote:

Seeking a winter tolerant mint tree.

At a day camp I attended almost 50 years ago outside Boston, Massachusetts there was a tree (definitely not a bush) whose newest small branches had a mild mint taste, more like spearmint than peppermint. We used to break them off and chew on them.

If Satureja viminea cannot tolerate New England winters, it must have been something else.

Any idea what it might have been?

Positive

On Jun 14, 2009, AlainHarvey from Houston, TX wrote:

Satureja means Savory. Satureja viminea is a very minty savory with great possibilities. The small 1/2 to 1/4 inch oval, glossy, lime green foliage can match any spearmint for potency, and yet it is not saddled with Mints aggressive nature. Even though it is frost sensitive it grows quite vigorously in one season and can be moved indoors. It grows well in a pot and survives inside with good light. Legend says that the mint plant grows into a tree only after a great deal of time and care... This plant is used for making a famous Kama Sutra Luxury Mint Tree Bath Gel and Body Wash. This voluptuous cleansing liquid has a dedicated worldwide following of men and women who know bathing's true pleasure potential. The Kama Sutra Mint Tree Bathing Gels are a great way to turn the simple ritual of ... read more

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