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Basil Mint

Mentha × piperita f. citrata 'Basil'

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

4a-10b

USDA zone

-34°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

1.5m

10cm

Min

1m

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Basil Mint Overview

Mentha x piperita f. citrata 'Basil' is a cultivar of Mentha x piperita f. citrata (Bergamot Mint) that has been bred for its Basil scent. Species in the genus Mentha (mint) are herbaceous, upright perennials, well known for their sweet and mild minty aroma from the essential oils found in the pointed oval-shaped leaves. It thrives in damp and wet conditions and is a must-have if you are fond of interesting mint varieties. It can become invasive like most mints if not controlled - plant in a pot or area you can keep under control!

Common problems with Basil Mint

Basil Mint Companion Plants

How to harvest Basil Mint

Fresh mint leaves can be harvested as needed as soon as the plant reaches 10cm in height. To dry, cut stalks just before blooming.

How to propagate Basil Mint

Seed

Sow in Spring, depth 6mm; 15 cm apart directly in the ground. Most mints have fairly aggressive roots, so its best to grow them in containers buried in the soil.

Cuttings

Take 5 to 10 cm stem cuttings and place them in moist and well-draining soil in semi-sun. It should root in under two weeks. Transplant into a larger pot a few weeks after the cuttings have rooted.​

Division

Mentha plants are prone to hybridization, therefore,​ division is a good method if you want to preserve a particular aroma.

Special features of Basil Mint

Attracts useful insects

Attracts bees and butterflies.

Repels harmful insects

Repels cabbage fly, ants, cabbage looper and aphids.

Pot plant

Often used as an ornamental plant. Because it grows so aggressive, it is a good idea to contain it in a buried pot.