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Chocolate Mint Herb Plant

Mentha piperita f. citrata 'Chocolate'
About the Mint 'family': Mint is a very commonly known herb of the Lamiaceae family. Mints are very aromatic herbs with a huge amount of uses as both a culinary herb and for its scent. They are usually perennial herbs with aromatic, slightly hairy or downy leaves with serrated edges which come in a range of colours depending on the variety. One of the best uses for Mint is to be planted by a path where you'll brush past it releasing the leaf's incredible scent. Mint flowers are usually small and compact, being attractive to bees and butterflies and range from white to purple or red. The leaves are used fresh or dried for many culinary purposes and have a fresh, crisp, aromatic flavour with a very characteristic cool aftertaste. Traditionally a compliment to lamb dishes, Mint is also used in teas, drinks, jellies, syrups, candies, ice creams and sauces. The are often used to flavour dishes as well as a garnish. Apart from it's use to flavour food it is also widely used in toothpaste and for its scent in perfumes and cosmetics. Most Mints will spread quite voraciously if given the chance so it can be best to keep Mints in a pot or container.
About Chocolate Mint: A hardy perennial Mint which has purple flowers from late spring to early summer. This plant is a firm favourite to make Mint chocolate muffins and cup cakes where the leaves can be shredded up and added to the mixture as well as using some fresh leaves on the top as a garnish. Mints are often overlooked as ornamental plants but this is a mistake. They can bring a nice colour and structure to a garden or pot. Chocolate mint is a great one to look at as it has a lovely deep green/burgundy tinge to the leaves and stems.
Grows to a height of around 40cm and spreads to about 45cm.