PlantFiles: Apple Mint, Woolly Mint Mentha suaveolens
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Hardiness: 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) 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
Danger: Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction
Bloom Color: Pink White/Near White
Bloom Time: Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall
Other details: May be a noxious weed or invasive This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Flowers are fragrant Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
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: By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
Seed Collecting: N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed
On Jun 25, 2011, Bianatree from Gentry, AR (Zone 6a) wrote:
I love this mint. I line the back of the house with it so I don't have to weedwack or maintain a bed. I just mow right up to it and over the runners. Smells wonderful and much, much better than the johnson grass that used to reside there. It's a great addition to recipes and I make tea with it regularly. Agree, it is a taller variety, but I am very pleased with it. Absolutely a hardy spreader (invasive), but with how we use it and where, it's fine. Maybe 10 years from now I will change my mind.....
On Jul 21, 2006, gardenbugde from Smyrna, DE (Zone 7a) wrote:
Apple Mint has been a part of my life since I was a child. My Mom has grown it for 50 years, only we didn't know it was Apple Mint until a year ago. My Great Grandmother, Sadie Mae Kaufman grew it in a bed in York County, PA, but she called it "Stomach Balsam", because when steeped, it was the first thing you were allowed to drink after having a sick stomach. The farmers called it "Horse Mint", because it grew in the fields. My Mom dug some from my Great Grandmother's bed and has moved it from state to state over the last 50 years!
If you steep 4 or 5 sprigs with tea bags, it makes the best tasting tea. You can also steep it without tea bags, and sweeten it and it makes a refreshing drink.
I grow mine in a huge plastic tub with drainage holes drilled in the bottom. It will get tall and leggy if you let it go. Keep it trimmed back. Don't let it flower, as doing so makes the leaves bitter. When you use it to steep in tea, use the smaller leaves, as they are better tasting. It will root in water, but it's got a mind of it's own! Sometimes it roots, and sometimes it doesn't! I've had success in water, and also using rooting hormone and seed starter mix.
I love this mint..... if you need a little calming down, pluck a leaf and tear it in half and just inhale the scent... it's very calming. For me, it also brings back wonderful childhood memories, as every summer my Mom would make iced tea with it.
Love the smell of Apple Mint when I mow over it. I am currently growing 4 kinds of mint, apple, chocolate peppermint, spearmint, Eau de Cologne mint. The apple mint is taller than the rest and is as invasive as spearmint.
On Jun 23, 2004, NatureWalker from New York & Terrell, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
I find this mint to be the most attractive one of all. Tall, with large sturdy fragrant leaves (pretty flowers later on) and a flavor of not of apple, but more like a wintergreen smell and taste.
It is very nice for hot/cold tea; it gives _All_ of it's flavor best in the heat of water when you steep it for 5 minutes; (put it in a mug or a heat appropiate measuring cup) and pour boiled water over it.
Where it becomes smoothe textured and then the leaf has no flavor left after steeping because _All_ of the flavor is quickly infused with the water. Brew some, try it; chew it and see what I mean.
This does not happen with other mints that I've tried; there is aways not enough flavor with other mints, and still most of the flavor stays in the leaves with other mints.
I use 4 leaves (large) from the bottom, 1/8th piece of lemon, and my favorite tea bag in a 12 ounce mug; pour boiled water over all and steep for 5-6 minutes. Very yummy!
This is one of my favorite smells from childhood.
I bought the mint that I made the cuttings from, at a farmers' market in Ithaca, New York, (because I live in Deposit, NYS; about 40 miles away) "totally organic." I decided to cut them up after I plucked most of the leaves off, left the stems in a mason jar on the back porch in normal tap water and saw that the stems wanted to produce more leaves just by standing in the water. I changed the water every-other-day, normal sink water, nothing else added. After 3 weeks the stems were making roots at the bottom. That's when I thought of making the cuttings. Seems the more I tried to 'kill' it, the more it wanted to live on. They are doing great and have developed their own roots (I tugged on them to make sure, just yesterday.) I can whole heartedly agree that the mint could become "Invasive" in a warmer climate, if they can take root after what I have done to them! I have converted some 5 gallon pickle buckets I found into plant containers for them by drilling holes into the bottoms.
Having a (Big 'Cheesy Grin')
I have more cuttings than what you see in the photo, I just thought that 5 pots with 5 cuttings in each would be enough for the picture.
On Jun 17, 2004, CatskillKarma from West Kill, NY wrote:
I tossed some uprooted pieces of this mint on the ground near a spring on a south facing slope four years ago. I did not bother to plant them The area was bare--the previous occupants of the house had used that spot to burn trash. I now have a magnificent growth of mint--some plants up to five feet tall--with lavendar-pink flowers. It smells lovely, looks great from a distance, and is indestructable, but has not advanced into the meadow where native grasses and ferns grow nearby. I am just outside the cold end of the range cited above (really zone 4b), but the apple mint is in full sun and has wet feet, and it seems to be ecstatically happy. However, because of the fuzzy leaves, I do not use it for cooking--only as garnish in drinks.
Traditionally, mints are supposed to have lots of sun, but I have my apple mint in the shade (zone 9a) and keep the soil moist, and it grows so fast I can’t keep up with harvesting it. Prune a growing apple mint for lots of bushiness. Beware that these are very invasive and spread with runners, so try potting instead of planting in the ground. Apple mint is one of the largest mints I’ve seen—mine is more than a foot tall and the leaves are much larger than the small, delicate leaves of other mints. Overall a very rewarding plant.
On Oct 7, 2001, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:
This mint has light green leaves that are hairy on the upper surface and downy underneath,with serrated edges. They can grow up to 3 feet high .This is not one of my favorite mints as is gets too tall for my beds. Like other mints it does spread and is not drought tolerant. The blooms are pinkish. I would suggest putting in the back of a bed .The leaves are nice in a big tall glass of ice tea.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Kenai, Alaska Glendale, Arizona Gentry, Arkansas Amesti, California Merced, California Smyrna, Delaware Fort Mc Coy, Florida Tallahassee, Florida Mountain Park, Georgia Hawaiian Acres, Hawaii Mount Hope, Kansas Brodhead, Kentucky Broeck Pointe, Kentucky Ewing, Kentucky Manton, Michigan Middleville, Michigan Morrice, Michigan Cole Camp, Missouri Hewitt, New Jersey Roswell, New Mexico Deposit, New York West Kill, New York Glouster, Ohio Ephrata, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Westerly, Rhode Island Knoxville, Tennessee Glenn Heights, Texas Houston, Texas Manchaca, Texas Sunset Valley, Texas (2 reports) Bailey's Crossroads, Virginia Fairlawn, Virginia Great Falls, Virginia Midlothian, Virginia Clearlake, Washington Colville, Washington Kalama, Washington