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PlantFiles: Pear-Scented Mint
Mentha 'Sweet Pear'

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Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Mentha (MEN-thuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Sweet Pear

One vendor has this plant for sale.

19 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Herbs

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

Spacing:
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:
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

Danger:
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Purple

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Variegated
Chartreuse/Yellow
Veined

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:
Non-patented

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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Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive seedpicker_TX On Jun 11, 2007, seedpicker_TX from (Taylor) Plano, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Here is what Richter's has to say about this mint:
"This mint will make you laugh. It really gives off an unmistakable hint of ripe sweet pears! How Jim Westerfield managed to cross his mints to produce this remarkable gem is beyond us, but we are thrilled to grow it and offer it to our customers. Very attractive addition to any mint collection. Mature leaves are downy, ovate and silvery grey in colour; flowers are light pink-purple; and the growth habit is upright and robust. The delicate flavour is suitable wherever mint is called for -- in tea blends and culinary dishes such as tabouleh"

Regional...

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

Ewing, Kentucky
Houston, Texas
Radford, Virginia



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