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

Category:

Herbs

Perennials

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

Aromatic

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:

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

Regional

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

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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 e... read more