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Corsican Mint

Mentha requienii

Also known as

Mint, Spanish Mint, Creeping Mint

Mentha requienii 8601 by SB Johnny (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

H6

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

20cm

Max

50cm

10cm

Min

10cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Corsican Mint Overview

One of the smallest members of the mint family, this plant is native to Corsica, Sardinia, France, Italy, and has naturalised in the UK and Portugal. Corsican mint is often used in cooking, and is famously used as the primary flavouring of Crème de Menthe, a sweet, mint-flavoured alcoholic beverage. Crème de Menthe is used in cocktails such as the Grasshopper, and the Stinger, as well as the South African shooter - Springbokkie. Corsican mint is also sometimes used to line paths and walkways, as it releases its mint aroma when trodden on, but the plant remains undamaged.

Common problems with Corsican Mint

Generally pest and disease free.

    How to harvest Corsican Mint

    Leaves can be picked for mint flavouring.

    How to propagate Corsican Mint

    Seed

    Will often self-seed, sometimes quite prolifically. Seeds can be sown in pots until resonably developed, then moved outside.

    Division

    Plant can be divided and planted immediately where desired.

    Special features of Corsican Mint

    Repels harmful insects

    Strong mint scent deters insects, and can disguise the smell of other plants, protecting them as well.

    Other uses of Corsican Mint

    Ground cover

    Medicinal

    Sometimes used as an antiseptic, carminative ( relieves flatulence) or a febrifuge (to reduce fever).

    Edible

    Flavouring in Crème de Menthe, sometime used in other cooking or in drinks.