• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous 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 'Variegata' (v)

pineapple mint

  • Other common names pineapple mint
    variegated apple mint

    variegated round-leaved mint

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  • Family Lamiaceae

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

  • Details

    'Variegata' is a strong-growing perennial forming an extensive colony to 40cm tall, with softly hairy, apple-scented pale green leaves margined with cream, and tiny mauve flowers in dense spikes in late summer

Characteristics

  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Suckering

  • Fragrance Leaf

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H5

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered

Soil

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilLoam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 0.1-0.5 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 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

How to care

Pruning Cut back at the end of the growing season

Pests Mint can suffer from green mint beetle, blue mint beetle, mint moth and sage leaf hopper

Diseases Powdery mildew, especially during drought, can be a problem, as can mint rust

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