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PlantFiles: Variegated Ginger Mint
Mentha x gracilis 'Variegata'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Mentha (MEN-thuh) (Info)
Species: x gracilis (GRASS-il-is) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegata
Additional cultivar information: (aka Aurea)

Synonym:Mentha x gentilis

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9 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 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)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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 the rootball
From woody stem 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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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral ldw On Aug 2, 2004, ldw from Middleville, MI wrote:

this is my 2nd year growing this mint, I made some ginger mint tea, not the best tasting tea. but this is a nice looking mint.

Neutral gardengirl57200 On Jul 29, 2004, gardengirl57200 from Bismarck, ND (Zone 3b) wrote:

This is a beautiful plant, but quickly takes over. I had mine in part shade and it did well - too well. It started to choke out some other plants. I just moved most of it to a problem area under some trees where I want something that will spread across the entire area, so will see how it does with little sun.

Positive Weezingreens On Aug 31, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

Variegated ginger mint offers colorful foliage in the sought-after yellow-green shades. Like most mints, it will spread rapidly, so growing it as a container plant could be appropriate.


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

Portage, Indiana
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Middleville, Michigan
Bismarck, North Dakota
Hendersonville, Tennessee

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