Hardiness: USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 °C (-40 °F) USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 °C (-35 °F) USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) 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)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Danger: Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction
Bloom Color: Violet/Lavender
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer
Foliage: Herbaceous Aromatic
Other details: May be a noxious weed or invasive This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH requirements: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
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
On Jul 16, 2012, rolyacde from Orlando, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:
Wonderful plant, and so easy to grow. Spreads like crazy if planted in a sunny spot like ours is, which is great if you want it to spread like we do. Grows even faster if you keep it watered.
After being bit a couple of times by spiders, and multiple times by fire ants while working in the yard, in addition to having a terrible flee problem with our cats that none of the usual flee treatments was working on, we needed something to repel these insects, and the normal granules for repelling these insects were just not working as well as we would like, as we were unable to use them close to the lake that is in our backyard, as the granules are very toxic to fish. So the fire ants just moved out close to the lake whenever we treated the yard with the chemicals.
We don't have that problem with the mint though, as we can plant it anywhere that we want, without worrying about it being toxic to the fish or our pets. In addition we're putting something natural into the ground instead of some kind of harsh chemicals.
Although it is recommended that peppermint be planted in containers, we planted it right into the ground, all around our house, around the outside of our yard, and in the front of our shed, as we want it to take over our yard, as we'd rather have a yard full of nice smelling peppermint plants than a yard full of spiders, flees, and ants.
In addition to the peppermint plants, we also planted spearmint plants around one side of our yard and around several trees, chocolate mint all along the lake, and several catnip patches for our cats that have worked wonders in repelling the mosquitoes and keeping our cats entertained.
We had to do something because of the terrible insect problem that was caused by having a lake just 50 feet from our back door, so chose to treat these insects naturally with mint plants than by using harsh chemicals. And it's working.
On Apr 26, 2010, QueenB from Shepherd, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
I only put 'neutral' on this because I have it under control (so far).
My husband planted this in our veggie garden without my knowledge or knowing that it could take over the world. It's in full sun and has gotten 3 ft. tall, lush, with virtually no pests that I can detect. I love being able to go out and pick a few tops out of it to put in a pitcher of tea.
On Feb 2, 2002, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:
Peppermint is a sterile hybrid derived from a cross between Mentha aquatica and Mentha spicata. This is a vigorous, creeping perennial that can grow from 12-36 inches tall.Like all mints can be invasive.The lavender flower spikes bloom in mid-summer. Stems are usually purple and leaves can also be purple-tinged, more so if it's suffering from a shortage of water.Peppermint leaves are used in herbal teas and salads. Peppermint tea can be used as a stimulant,a cure for flatulence and has antiseptic properties.It is used in treating indigestion,sore throats,colds,and morning sickness. Not to be given to infants in any form.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Auburn, Alabama Mackenzie, Alabama Jacumba, California Merced, California San Diego, California West Hollywood, California Federal Heights, Colorado Bellair-meadowbrook Terrace, Florida Haverhill, Florida Inverness, Florida Ocoee, Florida Orlando, Florida Rockledge, Florida Wekiva Springs, Florida Dahlonega, Georgia Dasher, Georgia Hawkinsville, Georgia Hawaiian Acres, Hawaii Geneva, Illinois Fishers, Indiana Benton, Kentucky Ewing, Kentucky Prien, Louisiana Grand Rapids, Michigan Middleville, Michigan Minneapolis, Minnesota Lanagan, Missouri Albuquerque, New Mexico Deposit, New York New York, New York Ogdensburg, New York Taylorsville, North Carolina Lancaster, Ohio Greencastle, Pennsylvania Laflin, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Austin, Texas Belton, Texas Carrollton, Texas Fort Worth, Texas La Porte, Texas Round Rock, Texas Scenic Oaks, Texas Shepherd, Texas Salt Lake City, Utah Fairlawn, Virginia Midlothian, Virginia Bremerton, Washington Colville, Washington Kalama, Washington Millwood, Washington La Crosse, Wisconsin Mukwonago, Wisconsin Spooner, Wisconsin