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Eau-De-Cologne Mint

Mentha x piperita f. citrata

Mentha piperita - Pfefferminze by Simon (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Eau-De-Cologne Mint Overview

Mentha x piperita f. citrata is a herbaceous, upright perennial that is well known for its sweet and mild minty aroma from the essential oils found in its pointed oval-shaped leaves. Commonly known as Eau-De-Cologne Mint, it thrives in damp and wet conditions and is a must-have if you are fond of other mint varieties. It can become invasive if not controlled like most mints - plant in a pot or area you can keep under control!

Common problems with Eau-De-Cologne Mint

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How to harvest Eau-De-Cologne Mint

Fresh Bergamot 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 Eau-De-Cologne Mint


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.


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.​


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

Special features of Eau-De-Cologne 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.