A pot of Black Peppermint in a polytunnel

Black Peppermint Plants

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Gorgeous variety of Peppermint with very strong, deep and delicious flavour.  Perfect for making a soothing herbal tea to sip after a hearty meal, or to soothe your sinuses during winter cold season. Many people ask us what the difference between standard peppermint and black peppermint is, and the biggest difference lies in the beautiful foliage. Black peppermint plants have deep purple veins and stems which contrast beautifully against the dark green leaves and add something a little different to your herb garden. The taste also tends to be stronger in flavour, needing less leaves to make an impact.

          Latin Name: Mentha x piperita

          Type: Perennial

          Soil Type: Moist

          Where should I plant this variety? Sun/partial shade

          How tall does it grow? Approx 40-50cm

          How much space does it need? Spreads rapidly. Keep contained

          When does it flower? Pale purple flowers during midsummer

Not only do the moody stems and leaves look great in the garden, but the pretty purple flowers in the summer also offer a real treat for bees and butterflies. Mint is a fantastic herb to help attract wildlife into your garden, along with other flowering plants such as thyme and hyssop. Take a look at our selection of herbs for bees here.

These hardy perennial plants, native to Tasmania love to bathe in the sunlight, but will still thrive in partial shade. Ensure that it gets ample water throughout the summer months and isn't waterlogged in the winter. All-in-all, mint is an incredibly easy plant to care for as long as it is given a little TLC and cut back at the right times of the year. Beware though, as with all mint varieties, these herb plants can be very invasive so we recommend restricting them with their own pot, or a large pot sunken into the ground.

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