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: White/Near White
Bloom Time: Mid Summer
Foliage: Herbaceous Variegated Aromatic
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: Non-patented
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
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.
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.
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.
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 Indianapolis, Indiana Wichita, Kansas Brodhead, Kentucky Ewing, Kentucky Cresaptown-bel Air, Maryland Ellicott City, Maryland Middleville, Michigan Cincinnati, Ohio Glouster, Ohio Greensburg, Pennsylvania Laflin, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Conway, South Carolina Glenn Heights, Texas Houston, Texas Humble, Texas Lucas, Texas Manchaca, Texas Spring Branch, Texas Leesburg, Virginia Colville, Washington Spokane, Washington