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  Mentha suaveolens Ehrh.
  Family Name : Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

  Synonyms : Mentha x rotundifolia var. suaveolens

  Common Names : Apple Mint, Round-Leaved Mint, Woolly Mint

  Chinese Name : 圆叶薄荷

Apple Mint,Round-Leaved Mint,Woolly Mint
  • Record Info
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Shrub (Herbaceous)
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Maximum Height :
      15 cm to 90 cm
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      Southern and western Europe
      Native Habitat :
      Preferred Climate Zone :
      Local Conservation Status :
      Exotic (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      Growth Form: Perennial herb with a creeping growth habit up to 0.9 m tall.
      Foliage: Bright green leaves are oval with a toothed leaf margin (3-4.5 cm long, 2-4 cm wide). The venation is sunken, creating a quilted leaf texture. Leaves are densely covered by soft, white hairs.
      Flowers: White, tubular flowers become pink or violet over time. They are arranged on a 4-9 cm tall spike inflorescence.
      Habitat :
      Occurs in areas with wet soils.
      Taxonomy :
      In the nursery trade, this species is often mistakenly referred to as Mentha rotundifolia.
      Cultivation :
      This species is the easiest mint to grow indoors. Place it near a windowsill where it can receive at least 5-6 hours of direct sun. Regularly removing the stem's growing tip (about 2.5 cm from the tip) will help the plant to become more bushy. It is best to propagate by cuttings, because this species easily hybridizes with other mint species and taking cuttings will ensure that the parent's desired characteristics are transferred to the progeny. 
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Food (Herb & Spice: The leaves are used to make mint jellies or sauces which complement lamb dishes well.)
      Medicinal, Cut / Dried Flower (The flowers and hairy leaves can be used in floral arrangements.)
  • Landscaping Features
    • Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Well-Drained Soils, Fertile Loamy Soils, [Remarks] (Soil pH of 6-7 is ideal.)
      Landscape Uses :
      Small Gardens, Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Container Planting
      Thematic Landscaping :
      Fragrant / Aromatherapy Garden, Economic Garden
      Usage Hazards / Cons :
      Invasive / Potentially Invasive, [Remarks] (If this species is planted outdoors, care must be taken to control its growth. Placing it in a pot before planting it in open ground will help to contain its growth.)
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun, [Remarks] (Although this species will grow in semi-shade, the leaves are more flavourful when grown under full sun.)
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Maintenance Requirements :
      Propagation Method :
      Stem Cutting (Tip; Herbaceous)
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Raised / Sunken Veins
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Foliar Attachment to Stem :
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Oval)
      Foliar Venation :
      Pinnate / Net
      Foliar Margin :
      Serrate / Toothed
      Foliar Apex / Tip :
      Acute, Rounded
      Foliar Base :
      Rounded / Obtuse
      Typical Foliar Area :
      Microphyll ( 2.25cm2 - 20.25 cm2 )
      Typical Foliar Size :
      3 cm to 4.5 cm
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower & Plant Sexuality :
      Bisexual Flowers
      Flower Colour(s) :
      Pink, Purple, White
      Flower Grouping :
      Cluster / Inflorescence
      Flower Location :
      Individual Flower Shape :
      Inflorescence Type :
      Inflorescence Size :
      9 cm
      Flower Transitional Changes :
      Colour (Flowers are initially whitish, but later turn pink or violet.)
      Flowering Habit :
  • References
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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