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PlantFiles: Peppermint
Mentha x piperita

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Mentha (MEN-thuh) (Info)
Species: x piperita (pip-er-EE-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Mentha piperita
Synonym:Mentha lavanduliodora

12 vendors have this plant for sale.

58 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


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:

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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7 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive rolyacde 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.

Neutral QueenB 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.

Positive biyu_wolf On Apr 19, 2008, biyu_wolf from Milwaukee, WI wrote:

ive grown chocolate mint fer well this will be my 5th year with it

ive had it sence day 1 in pots an ive loved it no issues yet ive found it great to prevent weeds i really love everything about it

i have this mint from my uncles house thaty i took some cuttings of had some purple but it seems good conditions are takin it away i think this may be it

Positive bbinnj On Aug 25, 2006, bbinnj from West Orange, NJ (Zone 6a) wrote:

So easy, it has to be confined to a pot in the soil. Full sun, good drainage, benign neglect, and trim the runners or it will try to take over.

Positive bill_casey On Jun 15, 2004, bill_casey from Valdosta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Very easy to grow, mine loves the damp soil around my pond.

Positive melody On Jun 1, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Highly invasive, but a delightful plant. Plant where you can control it, or where you can let it spread.

Great for teas and cooking, I enjoy it in my garden just to walk by and crush a stem for a summer scent refresher.

Positive NatureChild On Apr 8, 2003, NatureChild wrote:

As posted above,peppermint is good for all kinds of purposes. Here is a recipe for my fellow tea lovers. Just to let you know, I never measure anything,so quantities are total guestimation.

4tbs cut up peppermint leaves
6 pieces of dried orange peel
2 cloves
4 c. boiling water

Put all herbs in tea ball pour the boiling water over it and allow to steep to desired strength

Positive lupinelover On Jan 24, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Peppermint can be controlled by planting it in full shade. It barely spreads, and the essential oil is very concentrated because of its struggle to survive.

Neutral mystic 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
Mobile, Alabama
Jacumba, California
Merced, California
San Diego, California
West Hollywood, California
Denver, Colorado
Inverness, Florida
Longwood, Florida
Ocoee, Florida
Orange Park, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Rockledge, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Dahlonega, Georgia
Hawkinsville, Georgia
Valdosta, Georgia
Kurtistown, Hawaii
Geneva, Illinois
Fishers, Indiana
Benton, Kentucky
Ewing, Kentucky
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Middleville, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Lanagan, Missouri
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Deposit, New York
New York City, New York
Ogdensburg, New York
Taylorsville, North Carolina
Lancaster, Ohio
Greencastle, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Austin, Texas
Belton, Texas
Boerne, Texas
Carrollton, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
La Porte, Texas
Round Rock, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Shepherd, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah
Midlothian, Virginia
Radford, Virginia
Bremerton, Washington
Colville, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Spokane, Washington
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Mukwonago, Wisconsin
Spooner, Wisconsin

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