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Chocolate Mint

Mentha spicata var. piperita

Growing Zones 3-11
  • Height: 24″
  • Width: 18-24″
  • Spacing:  18-24″
  • Bloom Time: Mid-Late Summer
  • Location: Sun-Part Shade
  • Water:  Average

 

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Description

Chocolate mint leaves have a delightful minty chocolate flavor, much like the classic Girl Scout cookie. Stems tend to run rampantly over — and under — €”soil. In small garden spaces, it’s best to tuck chocolate mint into a pot to curtail its wandering ways. Chocolate mint thrives alongside water gardens or in damp spots in the yard. Lushest growth occurs in moist soil in partial shade. Crush fresh leaves into water for a refreshing beverage, or add to tea or coffee. You can also dry leaves for flavoring desserts, like ice cream, meringues, quick breads, or cakes. Pick leaves frequently. Plants open lavender blooms in late summer. Tolerates light frost. Plant Chocolate Mint as a fast growing ground cover for hard to cover areas.

 

A rapid spreading plant, the Chocolate Mint plants will grow on hillsides or in poor soil. As with most mints, to keep controlled, plant in containers. Chocolate Mint tastes like chocolate peppermint candy and is delicious copped in fruit recipes, especially with fresh strawberries, or dried for tea. One of the more versatile herb plants.