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Mojito Mint (Mentha x villosa)

Color Name: Mojito Mint

Very easy to grow, and will spread readily. Leaves are bright to dark green. Originally from Cuba, perfect when used in the popular drink.

Plants in the mint family are very hardy perennials with vigorous growth habits. Mint, left to its own devices, will spread quickly and become a nuisance. However, it is very popular as a flavorful herb and the plants can be grown easily. Just try to chose a spot where you won’t mind the rampant growth or grow it in a confined space.

Uses: Mojito Mint is classically known as the official mint of the Cuban beverage, the mojito. An aromatic Mint with sweet undertones, Mojito tastes great with lime and can be used to season lamb and other meats.

Growing Tips: Give it a loamy spot that gets good morning light and some afternoon shade (or dappled light). It likes soil that drains well and remains uniformly moist during the hottest part of the day. Many mints prefer similar conditions, which makes mojito mint pretty predictable if you've grown mint before. I keep mine around our home's downspout. When it rains, the mints are the first to receive the bounty, and the addition of sand to the soil insures good drainage. Mojito mint can spread out quite a bit, becoming invasive. One way to control the sprawl is to give this plant a big pot and then bury the pot in your flowerbed. You'll have decent growth but less risk of its taking over your landscape. If you think providing consistent moisture will be a problem, mulch the area around the pot in summer and fall. Harvest leaves once the plant is 8 to 10 inches tall. A good rule of thumb is to limit harvesting to a third of the plant at a time. Wait for at least that much growth before harvesting again. Once the plant is established in the garden, this shouldn't be a problem. For the best flavor, harvest leaves in the morning before the hot sun hits them. You can keep stems in a glass of water until you're ready to use them.

Flower Color: Purple shades / Foliage Color: Green shades

Height: 18 Inches / Spread: 24 Inches

Hardy in Zone:6
Blooms:Late Spring / Early Summer
Foliage Season:Summer
Exposure:
Partial Shade
Partial Shade
Soil Moisture Needs:
Moderate
Moderate
Growth Rate:Medium
Characteristics:
Cut Flower or Foliage
Cut Flower or Foliage
Dried Flower
Dried Flower
Fragrant
Fragrant
Container
Container
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Attracts:
Butterflies
Butterflies