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PlantFiles: Apple Mint, Egyptian Mint, Round-leaved Mint
Mentha x rotundifolia

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Mentha (MEN-thuh) (Info)
Species: x rotundifolia

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 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
Sun to Partial Shade

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

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:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive steffymoc On Jan 10, 2013, steffymoc from Bucharest
Romania (Zone 6b) wrote:

THIS IS NOT BOWLES MINT. Bowles mint is a backcross(hybrid) between mentha spicata(spearmint) and mentha suaveolens(apple mint). this is the hybrid of mentha longifolia(horsemint) and mentha suaveolens(pineapple mint or apple mint). it is very variable. it can have the oils of the parents or a combination between them or other oils depending on the genes; the usual spearmint is the tetraploid of this rotundifolia hybrid(demonstrated by murray(not sure) and some others). i have collected a cultivar of this mint at the botanical garden of bucharest, growing quite wild(in fact was introduced because apple mint is not native). it has a very pungent apple mint scent. too pungent(my kind). the appearance can vary but is a mix between longifolia and suaveolens. usually is suaveolens with a more elongated leaf(like a spearmint leaf with hairs). the surprising thing about this cultivar collected by me is that the back of the stamens are RED. quite special. my cultivar is quite slender and semi-prostrate and is fertile. the offspring of the f1 hybrid(longifolia 2n=24, suaveolens 2n=24 => is fertile) will vary quite much. i am very curios what the offspring will be. i wish you all good luck in finding unique(or even develop your own kind) mints!!!


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

Richmond, California
Brunswick, Georgia
Ogdensburg, New York
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Volga, West Virginia

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