Mentha suaveolens Ehrh.


Robust perennial herb to 1 m tall. Leaves roundish, woolly, wrinkled, stalkless. Flowers in a terminal spike, lilac. [M. rotundifolia of authors not (L.) Hudson]

S and W Europe

Combines the scent of ripe apples with a true mint flavour.


M. ×rotundifolia (L.) Hudson is highly variable in characters between its parents and is listed under the above common names as a fertile hybrid between M. longifolia (L.) Hudson and M. suaveolens; it is naturalised in SA, Vic and NSW and may be confused with the sterile M. ×villosa.

Source: Spencer, R.; Holmes, R.; McNaughton, V. (2002). Lavandula. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Mentha suaveolens 'Variegata'

Leaves with white variegation and an apple scent. [M. rotundifolia 'Variegata']

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Lamiaceae
genus        Mentha L.