- botanical name: Mentha piperita ‘Citrata’
- perennial zones 4-11
- height 12-18″
- spacing 12-15″ apart
- full sun tolerant
- average-moist soil soil
- flower color pink
- uses in garden: as a border, great in containers
- use in teas and infusions
- attracts bees and butterflies
- deer, insect, and mouse resistant
Orange Mint not only has a citrus aroma and flavor, but it is considerably spicier and stronger than most mints. It is used in teas and infusions. The flavor of Orange Mint goes a long way, so use in small quantities. Find great mint recipes here!
Mints attract a number of good pollinators to the garden. Bees, butterflies, and other pollinators are attracted to the mint when it flowers. Mints have a tendency to be quite invasive; so many people plant their mints in pots or containers. However, if you want to keep mint in your garden, try planting your seedlings in bottomless number ten cans, or surround them with a barrier that is at least ten inches deep – laundry baskets work well for this. Just be sure to drill plenty of holes in the bottom to allow for drainage. If you have a damp spot in your garden area, consider planting mint as a groundcover as it likes a moist soil.
Mint will thrive in a partly shaded area with plenty of moisture. To keep plants looking their best, cut plants back regularly – it encourages the plant to bush out. In the fall, you can cut the plants just above ground level. Be sure to mulch over the top if winters are harsh in your area.
Mint seeds don’t always produce the exact variety, so the recommended planting method is by root division from an existing plant stock, cuttings, suckers, or stolons. Cuttings will root easily in a moist potting medium, or even in water. If you are dividing an existing plant it is best done in the fall.
Mint is best when used fresh. Dried mint, when stored in airtight containers, will retain its flavor and scent. To harvest, gather bunches and hang on drying racks or spread on screens until completely dry.