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Mentha longifolia 'Habak'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Mentha (MEN-thuh) (Info)
Species: longifolia (lon-jee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Habak

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2 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant

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 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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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive steffymoc On Jan 7, 2013, steffymoc from Bucharest
Romania (Zone 6b) wrote:

the botanical name is: mentha longifolia subsp. schimperi.
there are various oil varieties. the standard one is spearmint but jekkafarm has one "peppermint" scented. i would be really glad if someone comes here with a few seeds for us :)

Positive herbs501 On Jun 13, 2007, herbs501 from Hallettsville, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Grows tall and bushy. Kind of lanky, actually. I grow it in dappled light under a live oak tree. Seems winter hardy here in Zone 8b.
Might be more upright in full sun. Will try it and report back!


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

Huntsville, Alabama
Phoenix, Arizona
Hallettsville, Texas
Spring Branch, Texas

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