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||Full Sun to Partial Shade
||Unusual foliage color
Suitable as Annual
||Other info: Some mints can be propagated by seed. Growth from seed can be unreliable for two reasons: mint seeds are highly variable and some varieties are sterile.
|Propagation: Other methods:
Stolons and runners
||Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
- Chocolate Mint
Posted by gardengus
(Indiana Zone 5b) on Feb 23, 2014 4:45 PM concerning plant:
This is my favorite of the mints I grow for tea, Like all mints, it spreads and unless you have a large garden space to dedicate to this plant, it is best grown in a container.
Easy to harvest and dry. It makes a very flavorful and aromatic tea. I also use the cold tea as a refreshing hair rinse on hot days. Feels as great on the scalp as the tea feels on the tongue.
Posted by SongofJoy
(Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Feb 9, 2012 8:14 AM concerning plant:
I grew this from a small sprig. It is vigorous and hardy here and has a wonderful smell and taste. It's an attractive plant. I wouldn't describe the taste as "chocolate" but the coloration of the plant sometimes goes toward a darker shade with undertones of brown.
Posted by mystlw
(Ohio - Zone 6a) on Jun 23, 2016 4:44 PM concerning plant:
This plant is tough! My last Chocolate Mint didn't make it through the winter, so I ordered another small start, which arrived looking dead. I planted it anyway, and within a week it was lush and green.
It's also very invasive, and spreads like, well, a weed. For that reason, I only grow it in containers.
Posted by bitbit
(Baltimore County, MD - Zone 7a) on Sep 19, 2013 12:00 AM concerning plant:
Like most mints, this is a vigorous grower and survives quite a bit of abuse. Very easy to start from cuttings, and this is the preferred propagation method, as Mentha x piperita is a sterile hybrid, and therefore will not set viable seeds.
Flavor is sweet and a little bit "dark," but definitely not reminiscent of chocolate. The name likely comes from the brown color of the stems more than from the flavor profile.
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||On March 3, 2018
||On May 19, 2012
DG Ric and Holly (HollyAnnS) - qty 1
||On August 17, 2014
||On March 12, 2015
Have taken several cuttings; they rooted and are planted in pots now in the bog garden.
||On January 26, 2015
From Armstrong's nursery; will place in pond.
||On September 2, 2017
||Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
Hung on most of the summer in pitiful shape, but finally died.
||On November 21, 2020
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