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
Will often self-seed, sometimes quite prolifically. Seeds can be sown in pots until resonably developed, then moved outside.
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
Sometimes used as an antiseptic, carminative ( relieves flatulence) or a febrifuge (to reduce fever).
Flavouring in Crème de Menthe, sometime used in other cooking or in drinks.