The Q&A Archives: Corsican Mint

Question: I've been looking for corsican mint for years and am getting frustrated. Maybe I have the name wrong. It's the non-flowering herb that grows low to the surface and emits a scent of mint when you brush your hand over it. Sound familiar? I'd like to grow a few in my home, any idea where I might find someone in this area who grows them?
Also, my flower bed has been over-run by what looks like chickweed. How do I get rid of it without harming the other flowers and vegetables growing near the chickweed?

Answer: Corsican mint (Mentha requienii) is a groundcover for moist areas and smells of peppermint when you walk on it. The plant grows only 1/2" inch high and spreads easily. A nursery in your area carries it. Contact Yasuda Nursery, 5010 "A" St., San Diego, CA 92101. Phone (619) 262-0555.

If you've allowed chickweed to go to seed, you'll have it all over your garden. Chickweed also spreads by creeping stems that root wherever a node touches the soil. The best way to eliminate the weed is to pull it out, preferably before it flowers and goes to seed. Once you've gotten rid of the weeds, put an organic mulch around your plants to keep weeds from growing.

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