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Mentha suaveolens (apple mint)

A vigorous, aromatic perennial native to southern and western Europe, apple mint is grown as a culinary herb and ornamental.
Mentha suaveolens (apple mint) plants seen from above

Mentha suaveolens (apple mint)

Species information

Scientific name: 

Mentha suaveolens Ehrh.

Common name: 

apple mint, woolly mint, round-leaved mint

Conservation status: 

Not assessed according to IUCN Red List criteria.

Habitat: 

Damp or wet habitats.

Key Uses: 

Culinary herb, ornamental.

Known hazards: 

None known.

Taxonomy

Subclass: 
Superorder: 
Asteranae
Order: 
Lamiales
Family: 
Lamiaceae
Genus: Mentha

About this species

A member of the mint family (Lamiaceae), apple mint is an aromatic herb with a fruity, spearmint flavour. Also known by the common name round-leaved mint, Mentha suaveolens is often misnamed M. rotundifolia in cultivation. Apple mint is cultivated as a culinary herb and is used in the production of mint sauce and jelly.

Synonym: 

Mentha ×rotundifolia var. suaveolens (Ehrh.) Briq.

Genus: 
Mentha

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