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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 you are looking at this picture on!
It is tempting to talk only about the scent carried by 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 applications for this plant are seemingly endless and the delicious fragrance that it excludes 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 in 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."
All herbs dispatched with DHL Next Day Delivery. For customers in the Highlands and Channel Islands this is 48 hour delivery. This starts from £4.95 and ensures that your herbs reach you promptly and in good health.
If your plant is available on our surplus list you will have the option to 'order now'. We dispatch fresh herbs by Next Day DHL Delivery to ensure that they are not in the postal system for long. We will aim to dispatch orders at the beginning of the week following your order, on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday of the week to ensure no delays over the weekend. We aim to dispatch all such orders within 10 days.
Herb plants are dispatched from April – September each year, but you can order the plants in advance all year round to ensure that you receive the unusual varieties that you desire. Plants will be dispatched on a ‘first come first served’ basis as soon as they are ready. Some varieties will be available a little later in the year from May onwards, and we will aim to dispatch all herbs in one shipment once all the varieties are ready. We will update you on the estimated date of your delivery as soon as we know.
If you have a preferred month for delivery i.e. you are having a new garden installed or building work conducted, please contact us and we will make a note on your order to try our best to accommodate that request.
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.