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Chocolate Peppermint, Chocolate Mint

Mentha × piperita f. citrata Chocolate

An unusual mint variety

Strongly scented leaves are an unusual addition to summer desserts. This lovely mint spreads well at the front of a border and has clusters of flowers in summer which bees love.


A sunny or partly shaded spot in soil that doesn't dry out in summer. Great to grow in a container where the scent from the leaves, when brushed, can be appreciated.


Add garden compost or well rotted manure to the soil when planting. Use John Innes No 3 if planting in a container. Cut the plants back in spring once the new leaves are seen. 

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Herb, Perennial
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering July - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 30 cm - 60 cm
Plant width 40 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Hazardous No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 60 cm
Medicinal Yes
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden

Typically available

From April to September