• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigourous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Mentha suaveolens

Apple mint

Apple mint

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  • Other common names Apple mint
    Round-leaved mint

    Woolly mint

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  • Genus Mentha are aromatic, rhizomatous perennials with opposite, toothed leaves and small tubular flowers in spikes of whorls in summer

  • Family Lamiaceae / Lamiaceae

  • Species

    M. suaveolens is a vigorous rhizomatous herbaceous perennial to 90cm tall, with rounded, softly hairy, apple-scented leaves to 4cm long, and dense spikes of tiny pale purple flowers in late summer and early autumn

  • Plant range S & W Europe


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Suckering

  • Fragrance Leaf



  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered or Exposed


  • Chalk


  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height

    0.5-1 metres

  • Ultimate spread

    1-1.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height

    2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow in poor, moist soil in full sun. To prevent mint becoming invasive, plant in deep containers and plunge these into the soil

Propagation Propagate by seed, sown in containers in an unheated greenhouse or cold frame in spring. Plant portions of rhizome any any time during the growing season; pot these up until they are established. Root tip cuttings can be taken in spring

Suggested planting locations and garden types Banks and Slopes Flower borders and beds City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden Patio & Container Plants

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