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PlantFiles: Ginger Mint, Golden Apple Mint, Scotch Mint
Mentha x gracilis

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Mentha (MEN-thuh) (Info)
Species: x gracilis (GRASS-il-is) (Info)

Synonym:Mentha x gentilis
Synonym:Mentha x cardiaca

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

13 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive steffymoc On Sep 23, 2013, steffymoc from Bucharest
Romania (Zone 6b) wrote:

There are 2 species of Ginger Mint:
1) standard variegated Ginger Mint under the name Mentha gracilis "Variegated" which is a hybrid of Mentha arvensis and Mentha spicata(or not...mine gave seeds under normal conditions(100% hybrids because it does not have stamens - the plant virus that enables this mint to be variegated does this - just like pineapple mint though pineapple might give some pollen sometimes) - this was a really big shock for me because i read somewhere that this variegated species is a more "aristocratic" form of Mentha arvensis...or gave seeds because it was pollinated with other Mentha arvesis species from my yard. I have to see what the offspring is like and i will write back). This species is very hardy, upright, with most of the rhizomes underground and makes flowers near the leaf and stem like the usual Mentha arvensis. Has superior flavour than the non-variegated form.

2) newly introduced non-variegated form which is a Mentha aquatica var. citrata cultivar(just like lavender, orange, lime, lemon, eau de cologne cultivars). So it's a mint that is like the "sister" cultivars BUT it is the sweetest cultivar from the group (with lime mint being the most pungent. The sweet->pungent rating from these cultivars: Ginger -> Lavender -> Orange -> Lime). These species is very hardy, with large leaf but with runners above ground, somewhat slender and needs moisture or it will suffer...that because is a form of water mint.

Both species of this Ginger Mint have the "linalool" type oil that makes them sweet. BUT the variegated species has more of a Ginger tone that the non-variegated one. The non-variegated species is sweet and that is all. The variegated form has something that puts it closer to that Ginger "hint".

Positive pepgrehou On Feb 2, 2010, pepgrehou from Milton, DE wrote:

Also known as "Emerald & Gold"

Positive akcrafter On Jun 4, 2007, akcrafter from Philadelphia, PA wrote:

One person's positive might be another person's negative! I love ginger mint with its gorgeous striated yellow/green color. I use it in perennial beds and in areas where other plants whimper and die without TLC. I grew it in Anchorage, Alaska and it was vigorous, although slow in emerging in the spring. Wet or dry, hot or cold, acid or alkaline, good soil or bad soil: it didn't seem to care much. It filled in spaces around other perennials. I learned to dig up the spreading plants to keep them in the areas I wanted them in. A planter or sloping bed of ginger mint on a sunny day is beautiful. It is invasive like all mints, so you have to keep on top of its spread. Personally, I don't find it very tasty in food or drink, although the smell is pleasant enough.

Neutral ocimum_nate On Oct 15, 2003, ocimum_nate from American Fork, UT (Zone 5a) wrote:

Richters herb/seed company labels Vietnamese mint under this species also. I am including a picture of my Vietnamese mint under this heading.

Neutral mystic On Aug 22, 2002, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

The best I can figure Basil mint falls in this species. It grows to 12 inches tall. Has heart shaped leaves and a strong spicy scent but does not really smell like basil.


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

Anchorage, Alaska
Barbourville, Kentucky
Ewing, Kentucky
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Logan, Utah
Newport News, Virginia

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