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PlantFiles: Pineapple Mint, Variegated Apple Mint
Mentha suaveolens 'Variegata'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Mentha (MEN-thuh) (Info)
Species: suaveolens (swah-vee-OH-lens) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegata

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29 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

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

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


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

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 herbaceous 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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5 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive steffymoc On Jan 5, 2013, steffymoc from Bucharest
Romania (Zone 6b) wrote:

This mint is NOT a hybrid. It's the true, cultivated Mentha suaveolens. It can set seed fairly hard, crossed with another mint. My plants even managed to make viable pollen but i let the bees carry on their stuff. It is hard to cross-pollinate because the pistil bends. I managed to receive a few seeds from my plants. They are hybrids and i can't wait to see them in the spring. The wild mentha suaveolens is less sweet and more pungent, fertile and true to type. also, the mother of grapefruit mint is variegated pineapple mint. The father is mentha aquatica. anyway pineapple mint is a must because of the sweet fragrace. it's invasive and a good percent of runners will be above ground. it is also culinary and very mildew resistant.

Positive BajaBlue On Jul 29, 2012, BajaBlue from Rancho Santa Rita, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

This plant has a lovely scent and BEAUTIFUL variegated green
and white leaves.

Positive norska On May 24, 2008, norska from Ellicott City, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Being a mint, of course it spreads, via runners. I started with one 6" plant, and in a year it has spread about 3 feet. It doesn't appear to be very deep rooted, so I think I will be able to keep it under control pretty easily. I planted it in a raised bed, so I don't think it can escape. I'm going to transplant some to a trouble area in my yard and see if it thrives there, too.

Positive bendyn On Apr 21, 2007, bendyn from Reading, MA wrote:

This plant smells nice, but can get out of control. Also, don't try drying the leaves in a microwave, they might catch fire. However, so long as it is not in the microwave, this plant is good for adding a pleasant smell in your garden, even if you do have to rub the leaves to smell it sometimes.

Positive Weezingreens On Oct 25, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

Mentha suaveolens 'Variegata' is a hybrid derived from Apple Mint. The pineapple scent may vary from plant to plant and is not particularly strong. The light green leaves are variegated with white or cream markings, heavily savoyed, and slightly hairy on the underside. These substantial leaves are slow to wilt, so they are useful as a colorful garnish.


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

Berkeley, California
Brea, California
Concord, California
Merced, California
San Anselmo, California
San Jose, California
Jacksonville, Florida
Navarre, Florida
Kurtistown, Hawaii
Indianapolis, Indiana
Wichita, Kansas
Brodhead, Kentucky
Ewing, Kentucky
Cumberland, Maryland
Ellicott City, Maryland
Middleville, Michigan
Cincinnati, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Conway, South Carolina
Allen, Texas
Houston, Texas
Humble, Texas
Manchaca, Texas
Red Oak, Texas
Spring, Texas
Spring Branch, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia
Colville, Washington
Spokane, Washington

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