General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Uses: Groundcover
Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Dried Flower
Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Dynamic Accumulator: K (Potassium)
Mg (Magnesium)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
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

Common names
  • Chocolate Mint
  • Peppermint
  • Mint

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Date: 2020-03-20
Location: Maryland
Date: August 17, 2014
Location: KYLE
Date: 2019-03-08
Location: Indiana zone 5
Date: 2013-08-23
Location: indoors, under lights
Date: november 21st 2014

Date: 2014-03-03

Date: 2019-09-05
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 2012-04-15
Cutings will last a long time in water
Location: all photos from my garden
Date: 2014-07-29

Date: 2018-08-25
Location: Sherwood Oregon 
Date: 2016-06-26

By Downtowngal via Wikimedia Commons
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2019-08-10
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2011-10-22
Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
Date: 2006-09-17
  • Uploaded by Joy

Date: 2019-09-05

Date: 2014-03-03
Location: Jacksonville, TX
Date: 2014-03-24
Location: Jacksonville, TX
Date: 2014-03-24
Location: Cedarhome, Washington
Date: 2012-06-24
Location: Tennessee
Date: 2012-02-06
Location: Gilbert, AZ
Date: 2/21/17

Date: 2018-08-25
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2017-06-09

Photo courtesy of Santa Rosa Gardens. Used with permission.
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2011-06-10
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Garden - Zone 5b
Date: Sep 28, 2011 1:19 PM
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2017-07-28
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2013-04-30
Location: Norfolk, VA (USDA zone 8a)
Date: 2012-03-20
Young plant grown from cutting
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2011-10-22
Stalk showing seed formation. Full on the left, empty on the righ
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Date: 2016-06-23
New runners.
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Date: 2016-06-23
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2017-06-09
Photo by Anderwood
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2013-04-13
Newly planted mint
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2017-07-28
square stems
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  • 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.
Plant Events from our members
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dragonfetti On March 12, 2015 Miscellaneous Event
Have taken several cuttings; they rooted and are planted in pots now in the bog garden.
dragonfetti On January 26, 2015 Obtained plant
From Armstrong's nursery; will place in pond.
LizDTM On September 2, 2017 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
Hung on most of the summer in pitiful shape, but finally died.
antsinmypants On July 30, 2023 Transplanted
Into Garden One outside left of gate.
antsinmypants On April 21, 2023 Plant emerged
Several seedlings have emerged.
antsinmypants On March 14, 2023 Seeds sown
WS several.
paleohunter On November 21, 2020 Winterized
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