Mentha x piperita

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Mentha (MEN-thuh) (Info)
Species: x piperita (pip-er-EE-tuh) (Info)
Synonym:Mentha piperita
Synonym:Mentha lavanduliodora




Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

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 rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Auburn, Alabama

Mobile, Alabama

JACUMBA, California

Merced, California

San Diego, California

West Hollywood, California

Denver, Colorado

Inverness, Florida

Longwood, Florida

Ocoee, Florida

Orange Park, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Rockledge, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Dahlonega, Georgia

Hawkinsville, Georgia

Valdosta, Georgia

Kurtistown, Hawaii

Geneva, Illinois

Fishers, Indiana

Benton, Kentucky

Ewing, Kentucky

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Middleville, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Lanagan, Missouri

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Deposit, New York

New York City, New York

Ogdensburg, New York

Taylorsville, North Carolina

Columbus, Ohio

Lancaster, Ohio

Greencastle, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Austin, Texas

Belton, Texas

Boerne, Texas

Carrollton, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

La Porte, Texas

Round Rock, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Shepherd, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah

Midlothian, Virginia

Radford, Virginia

Bremerton, Washington

Colville, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Spokane, Washington

La Crosse, Wisconsin

Mukwonago, Wisconsin

Spooner, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 16, 2012, rolyacde from Orlando, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Wonderful plant, and so easy to grow. Spreads like crazy if planted in a sunny spot like ours is, which is great if you want it to spread like we do. Grows even faster if you keep it watered.

After being bit a couple of times by spiders, and multiple times by fire ants while working in the yard, in addition to having a terrible flee problem with our cats that none of the usual flee treatments was working on, we needed something to repel these insects, and the normal granules for repelling these insects were just not working as well as we would like, as we were unable to use them close to the lake that is in our backyard, as the granules are very toxic to fish. So the fire ants just moved out close to the lake whenever we treated the yard with the chemicals.

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On Apr 26, 2010, QueenB from Shepherd, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I only put 'neutral' on this because I have it under control (so far).
My husband planted this in our veggie garden without my knowledge or knowing that it could take over the world. It's in full sun and has gotten 3 ft. tall, lush, with virtually no pests that I can detect. I love being able to go out and pick a few tops out of it to put in a pitcher of tea.


On Apr 19, 2008, biyu_wolf from Milwaukee, WI wrote:

ive grown chocolate mint fer well this will be my 5th year with it

ive had it sence day 1 in pots an ive loved it no issues yet ive found it great to prevent weeds i really love everything about it

i have this mint from my uncles house thaty i took some cuttings of had some purple but it seems good conditions are takin it away i think this may be it


On Aug 25, 2006, bbinnj from West Orange, NJ (Zone 6a) wrote:

So easy, it has to be confined to a pot in the soil. Full sun, good drainage, benign neglect, and trim the runners or it will try to take over.


On Jun 15, 2004, bill_casey from Valdosta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Very easy to grow, mine loves the damp soil around my pond.


On Jun 1, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Highly invasive, but a delightful plant. Plant where you can control it, or where you can let it spread.

Great for teas and cooking, I enjoy it in my garden just to walk by and crush a stem for a summer scent refresher.


On Apr 8, 2003, NatureChild wrote:

As posted above,peppermint is good for all kinds of purposes. Here is a recipe for my fellow tea lovers. Just to let you know, I never measure anything,so quantities are total guestimation.

4tbs cut up peppermint leaves
6 pieces of dried orange peel
2 cloves
4 c. boiling water

Put all herbs in tea ball pour the boiling water over it and allow to steep to desired strength


On Jan 24, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Peppermint can be controlled by planting it in full shade. It barely spreads, and the essential oil is very concentrated because of its struggle to survive.


On Feb 2, 2002, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Peppermint is a sterile hybrid derived from a cross between Mentha aquatica and Mentha spicata. This is a vigorous, creeping perennial that can grow from 12-36 inches tall.Like all mints can be invasive.The lavender flower spikes bloom in mid-summer. Stems are usually purple and leaves can also be purple-tinged, more so if it's suffering from a shortage of water.Peppermint leaves are used in herbal teas and salads. Peppermint tea can be used as a stimulant,a cure for flatulence and has antiseptic properties.It is used in treating indigestion,sore throats,colds,and morning sickness. Not to be given to infants in any form.