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PlantFiles: Black Stem Peppermint
Mentha piperita 'Black Stem'

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Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Mentha (MEN-thuh) (Info)
Species: piperita
Cultivar: Black Stem

Synonym:Mentha aquatica x spicata
Synonym:Mentha x piperita

8 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Herbs
Perennials

Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:
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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Danger:
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
Pink

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Herbaceous
Dark/Black
Mottled
Veined

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

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 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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Profile:

2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive amethystsm On Jul 6, 2008, amethystsm from belleville, NJ (Zone 6a) wrote:

It smells like peppermint candy!
It does spread, but i have never found it difficult to pull up any parts going in an undesirable direction. It roots very easily.

Positive Xenomorf On Apr 5, 2005, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is a sterile hybrid. 'Mentha aquatica x. spicata'

Regional...

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

Phoenix, Arizona
New Haven, Connecticut
Salem, Massachusetts
Belton, Texas
Red Oak, Texas
Colville, Washington
Orchards, Washington



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