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Rock mint

Mentha requienii

Corsican mint (Eng.)

One of the smallest members of the mint family, this plant is native to Corsica, Sardinia, France, Italy, and has naturalised in the UK and Portugal. Corsican mint is often used in cooking, and is famously used as the primary flavouring of Crème de Menthe, a sweet, mint-flavoured alcoholic beverage. Crème de Menthe is used in cocktails such as the Grasshopper, and the Stinger, as well as the South African shooter - Springbokkie. Corsican mint is also sometimes used to line paths and walkways, as it releases its mint aroma when trodden on, but the plant remains undamaged.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Leaves can be picked for mint flavouring.

Propagation

Seed
Will often self-seed, sometimes quite prolifically. Seeds can be sown in pots until resonably developed, then moved outside.
Division
Plant can be divided and planted immediately where desired.

Special features

Repels harmful insects
Strong mint scent deters insects, and can disguise the smell of other plants, protecting them as well.

Geography

Origin
Corsica & Sardinia, Italy, Europe
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Full Shade
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
Sometimes used as an antiseptic, carminative ( relieves flatulence) or a febrifuge (to reduce fever).
Edible
Flavouring in Crème de Menthe, sometime used in other cooking or in drinks.

Personality

Family
Lamiaceae
Flower colour
Purples
Scent
Strong

Problems

Generally pest and disease free.

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