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Latin Name: Mentha x piperita f. citrata 'Lime'
Soil Type: Moist
Where should I plant this variety? Sun/partial shade
How tall does it grow? Approx 40cm
How much space does it need? Spreads rapidly. Keep contained
When does it flower? Light purple flowers during summer.
Top care tips: Cut back regularly but especially after flowering. Keep contained!
Allow me to introduce Lime Mint (or Mentha x piperita f.citrata 'Lime' after we have had a few jugs of Pimms containing this amazing herb!). Some might think that it is perfect in an alcoholic drink - but I just love making Mint tea using this amazing flavour. Wish you could smell this plant through the screen!
It is tempting to talk only about the scent of this plant, but the foliage is deceptively gorgeous too. The deep green shades of the leaves hide a dark purple element within that emerges as the plant grows. It invites the eye to travel further into the foliage, exploring and detecting the many shades within. The small purple flowers that can emerge during the summer are gorgeous too - although we harvest the plant far too much to see these flowers often!
We are told that the plant is also useful for deterring insects. The good news just keeps on coming!
The culinary uses for this plant are seemingly endless and the delicious fragrance that it exudes will encourage you to try all of them. Lime Mint is delicious as a garnish with chicken or fish. It can be eaten raw, chopped finely in a mixed salad or veggie stir-fry. It can be added to drinks either soft or alcoholic. It also makes a delicious Mint tea.
It would be best to keep this variety in a pot to stop it from becoming invasive. We planted three plants to go into the Pimms at our wedding back in 2014. We are reliably informed that they are still spreading and taking over the garden. It will enjoy being grown somewhere moist in either full sun or partial shade."
From January to March, customers are able to pre-order herbs for delivery later in spring, to ensure that you receive the unusual varieties that you desire. We begin dispatch of pre-orders from late March, once all items in your order are available for dispatch in one delivery, as some varieties will be available a little later in the year than others. You will receive notification when this dispatch takes place along with tracking information but if you would like an estimated delivery date after placing your pre-order, please do not hesitate to contact us.
From late March to autumn, herbs will be available for immediate dispatch subject to their availability. We dispatch our fresh potted herbs Monday-Wednesday each week to avoid postal delays over the weekend. We aim to dispatch all fresh herb orders in less than seven days, i.e. an order placed Thursday-Sunday would likely be dispatched the following Monday. Orders placed Monday-Tuesday, we would aim to dispatch by the Wednesday of that week.
If you have a specific dispatch date that you would like us to aim towards, please do not hesitate to let us know. We can't guarantee a particular date but will strive to do our best for you.
All orders are dispatched via a next day courier, ensuring that your herbs reach you promptly and in good health. For customers in the Highlands, Channel Islands and Northern Ireland this is a 48-hour delivery service.
Please note that we do not offer a collection service. Our site is not suitable to receive visitors and this is a rule that we have to apply universally out of respect to our neighbours and family.
We aim to reuse packaging as much as possible. Your herbs will be delivered in taupe recyclable pots. We are moving over to using plastic blister cell packaging which contains at least 90% recycled content and is itself 100% recyclable. These things are important to you and are important to us.
Occasionally due to circumstances beyond our control, problems can arise. If you are not satisfied in the condition of your plants upon reaching you, please contact us as soon as possible providing pictures so that we can deal with your enquiry and feedback to our courier service. We will endeavour to ensure a resolution is reached that leaves you satisfied.