Chocolate Mint (Mentha x piperita 'Chocolate') in the Mints Database

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Uses: Groundcover
Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Dried Flower
Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Dynamic Accumulator: K (Potassium)
Mg (Magnesium)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Propagation: Seeds: 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: Division
Stolons and runners
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

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Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on Feb 23, 2014 4:45 PM

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.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Feb 9, 2012 8:14 AM

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.

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Posted by bitbit (Baltimore County, MD - Zone 7a) on Sep 19, 2013 12:00 AM

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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Posted by mystlw (Ohio - Zone 6a) on Jun 23, 2016 4:44 PM

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.

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