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Pineapple Mint

Mentha suaveolens 'Variegata'

Also known as

Apple Mint, Variegated Apple Mint, Variegated Round-Leaved Mint, Mint

Photo by Roosie (All rights reserved)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H5

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

1.5m

20cm

Min

1m

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Some green and white variegated leaves of a Mentha suaveolens 'Variegata' plant growing at The Newt Somerset
Some green and white variegated leaves of a Mentha suaveolens 'Variegata' plant growing at The Newt Somerset

Pineapple Mint Overview

Mentha suaveolens 'Variegata' has sweet tropical notes and a minty citrus finish. Also known as pineapple mint, this is a highly aromatic and aesthetically beautiful variegated cultivar of apple mint (M. suaveolens). Leaves are pale green in colour, with cream edging, they also have a wrinkled texture from a coating of soft hairs. This plant is used in a variety of dishes and drinks, as well as in various medical applications, soap and potpourri. Pineapple mint is seen by many people as a must-have herb for a visually appealing garden. It typically grows to around 40cm in height, producing small, light purple-white flowers arranged densely on upright spikes late in the summer.

Common problems with Pineapple Mint

Prevention includes well-drained soil and rotation of plants every 2 - 3 years.

How to harvest Pineapple Mint

Spring - Autumn. Essential oils in the leaves are at their peak just before flowering. This would be the ideal time for harvesting leaves to be dried. For fresh use, pick the youngest leaves before the plant flowers.

How to propagate Pineapple Mint

Division

Divides easily by simply taking a stem with a piece of root and transplanting. Do not plant with other mints, since they cross-breed easily and will lose their distinctive aromas.

Rhizomes

The horizontal growth of its underground rhizomes lend it to aggressive spreading. When pulled out, small pieces are usually left behind and new plants easily grow from them.

Seed

Not the most preferred method, because mint seeds are very variable, and some varieties are sterile. Seeds should be planted in spring at 6mm depth and thinned out later in the year.

Cuttings

Take cuttings of rooted stems and plant them horizontally in the soil. Also roots easily grow from stem or root cuttings placed in water. Root tip cuttings are best taken in spring.

Special features of Pineapple Mint

Attracts birds

Pineapple mint attracts hummingbirds.

Attracts useful insects

The flowers attract a range of pollinating insects, including bees and butterflies.

Repels harmful insects

The essential oil in the plant acts as a pest confuser, repelling harmful insects and rodents.

Pot plant

Potting it keeps it from spreading aggressively into the garden. It is recommended to use a medium sized pot, and take precautions as it has been known to spread through drainage holes.

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Pineapple Mint

Mixed bed

Culinary

Aromatic foliage is commonly used in food and drink.

Medicinal

Rodent repellent