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Cuban Mint, Mojito Mint
Mentha x villosa

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

Category:

Herbs

Perennials

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Herbaceous

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:

Los Gatos, California

Stockton, California

Miami, Florida

Granite City, Illinois

Iowa City, Iowa

Brookville, Kansas

Clarksville, Tennessee

Dallas, Texas

Humble, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Wytheville, Virginia

Walla Walla, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

6
positives
2
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Jun 3, 2013, Cville_Gardener from (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is one of my favorite mints. The taste is quite distinctive to me and wonderful to flavor iced tea and other drinks. Easy to grow here but not quite as vigorous as some of my other mints. This could be due to the size of the pot. I have taken out several rooted starts to pass along to other people. It's low-maintenance and easy to grow.

Positive

On Jul 31, 2010, LaurieMM from Los Gatos, CA wrote:

I have not had this wonderful plant long, a little over a month. I placed it in the sun. In the first two weeks, I completely fried it to dried up scraps beyond recognition. I put it next to another plant that shaded it from the 90 degree heat, and it came back very quickly. It makes the most delicious and amazing tea. I gave some to a neighbor who came over to visit and she could not stop commenting on it, she loved it so much. Now whenever I see her, she asks for that wonderful tea. It is really good! Today I am going to put it in a bigger pot, it is only in a 6 inch pot. I will try to post back in a few months to let you know how it is doing. I plan to bring it inside in the winter.

Positive

On May 26, 2010, jpz14 from Omaha, NE wrote:

I have been looking for the authentic mint for mjoitos and I think mentha x villosa is it. Wikipedia.com says this: Also called Cuban mint, mojito mint, and is known as Yerba Buena in Cuba. The Yerba Buena notation sealed the deal since thats what Ive been reading about for years. I bought several plants from Chef Jeff (see the Herbs page at http://www.chefjeff.com) under the category of Summer Coolers titled Mint Mojito. I dont know how Chef Jeff distributes products around the US Midwest, but they are carried by Ace Hardware garden stores in my area (Nebraska). The large plastic tag has a full description with growing instructions plus a mojito recipe. It says full to part sun, height (12-18) and spread (18-24... read more

Positive

On May 13, 2010, Prospero1960 from London
United Kingdom wrote:

My wife is from Cuba and we spend a lot of time there with her family, so naturally I came to love this type of mint in mojitos made with Cuban rum. I started growing some at home a few years ago, originally bought as rooted cuttings from a very helpful chap called Ian Rees, who used to sell them here in the UK through a site called mojitomint.com.

At first I had some problems with mint rust and mildew during winter here, and I think perhaps I was underestimating how hardy the plants are. Ian and his venture seem to have disappeared in recent years, so I don't expect he'll mind me passing on the advice he gave me here:

"I have been growing these plants in the UK now for 4 years. They do require some care and I will attempt to outline this below:

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Positive

On May 5, 2010, dianne99 from Brookville, KS (Zone 5b) wrote:

I got this at Nature's Way in Wichita KS and have it growing in a large pot since mid April. It is delicious, my favorite mint ever. It took it 3 weeks to recover from transplant shock and start growing.

Positive

On Jun 11, 2009, coras_garden from Walla Walla, OR wrote:

I ordered these plants from Reitcher's, which is located in Toronto, Canada. My plants were in poor condition when they arrived but I got them in the ground right away. Out of 12 plants, I had 9 survive. This is the second year and they look great! They are sturdy and upright and have a very different flavor than my other spearmint plants. So far they are about 18" tall and are pest and disease free. The leaves are very thick and healthy. I love the flavor of this mint. My suggestion is if you order anything from Reichter's that you plant whatever you receive as soon as you get it. It took about 5 weeks for my order to arrive. Just to add, Walla Walla is in Washington, NOT Oregon. I am in zone 6b.

Neutral

On Oct 15, 2007, GmaRhonda from Wichita, KS wrote:

My first experience with mojto mint was while I was working as a bartender in Orlando, Florida 22 years ago when a friend introduced me to the traditional Cuban drink. I had forgotten about it until after traveling to Kansas City last year with my 4 sisters-in-law when we ate at a restaurant where they served authentic Mojitos. After months of searching I was able to find some live plants through Richter's but can't seem to find any specific information on raising them. The information that came with the plants was VERY generic and I have two plants (of 12) remaining. We (myself and my sisters-in-law) were hoping to introduce this mint to our large extended family during one of our numerous family gatherings. Can anyone offer any suggestions?

Neutral

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

Here is what Richter's has to say about this mint:
"Cubas famed mojito cocktail, once a daily favourite of Ernest Hemingway, has enjoyed a meteoric resurgence in popularity ever since James Bond drank one in the movie Die Another Day. The mojito, made with rum, powdered sugar, lime juice, club soda and Cubas unique mojito mint, is now an essential staple of cocktail lounges everywhere. While recipes call for any available variety of spearmint, the real mojito can only be made with the true mojito mint. This mint was impossible to get in North America but thanks to Toronto mojito enthusiast Catherine Nasmith who visited Cuba in 2006 we now have the authentic plant from Cuba. It is clearly different from most other mints -- its scent and flavour are agreeably mild and warm, not pung... read more