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Moroccan Mint

Mentha spicata var. crispa 'Moroccan'

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Full Sun
Easy care
Frequent watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Mint Moroccan - 1 litre pot


Mint Moroccan - 1 litre pot


Moroccan Mint Overview

Mentha spicata var. crispa 'Moroccan' is a pretty herbaceous perennial produces a wonderful fragrance when the leaves are crushed, it acts to repel pests like moths and rodents. Moroccan Mint thrives in damp and wet conditions and is a must-have if you are fond of interesting mint varieties. However, it can become invasive like most mints if not controlled - plant in a pot or area you can keep under control and harvest as needed! It can be used as a garnish, in desserts, or as a tea. Tiny violet flowers appear in spring and summer. In cold areas the plant will die back and when it warms up again it will regrow from the roots the next spring.

Common problems with Moroccan Mint

Widely considered to be pest free, but can be susceptible to white-fly.

How to harvest Moroccan Mint

Leaves can be picked at any time until they start to die down in late autumn and winter. The leaves can be used fresh or can be dried or frozen until use.

How to propagate Moroccan Mint


Divide the plant keeping roots intact for each section. Place each piece of the plant in soil and water regularly.


Take 10cm cuttings from healthy plants. Gently remove the leaves from the bottom third of each cutting. Place in a container of water. Roots will appear within a month. Plant in soil and keep moist.

Special features of Moroccan Mint

Repels harmful insects

Repels cabbage whites, ants, carrot flies and aphids. Mint oils will also keep rodents and moths away.

Pot plant

This rapidly growing plant does well in pots but must be kept moist.

Wet sites

Chocolate mint does well in wet areas.

Indoor plant

Can be grown indoors, but must be placed where there is good light, and make sure the soil is always moist.

Attracts bees

Attracts butterflies

Other uses of Moroccan Mint


Mint tea refresh. Often part of herbal remedies for indigestion, nausea, tooth- and headaches. Can be applied directly to skin and popular ingredient in shampoo, and soaps.


Leaves can be used as flavoring in desserts, baked goods and teas, and as an edible garnish.