The Mentha.info website has been
created to provide information on mint plants, which when it first went online
was very thin on the ground. It is not aimed at the professional botanical or
horticultural browser, but although amateur I hope it provides as much
detail as an ordinary enthusiastic grower of mints might want. So as an
ordinary herb, or even mint enthusiast, if there is anything you would like to
see on this website let me know.
This website is produced in and based on
information from the UK (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern
Ireland). So the use of the Mentha.info domain as the address might
bring disappointment to readers from outside the UK, but there is no .uk version of
.info for me to use. I am happy to add information on mints in other countries but I do not have the spare time,
as a full-time sole Carer, to promise any timetable if I have to search it all out
myself. So if you would like to see non-UK information on this site soon you will have to send
something to me.
The background picture on the Mentha.info
site, at the moment, is a close-up of a not-yet-flowering shoot of Mentha x piperita
citrata 'Chocolate' or chocolate mint (sometimes wrongly called chocolate
peppermint), which came from Arne
Herbs, who acquired their original plant from a
source in New Jersey, USA.
The site ...
are mints and how do they relate to other plants. This is I hope explained
simply on the classification page.
that difficult to grow, if you don't have too many, or you don't live in the
driest parts of the UK, but some tips may be of help. So I have summarized my
views and experiences, so far, on the most important points on the cultivation
Herb books, vegetable
and allotment gardening books will most likely have something to say on mint,
with the bigger the book the more the "varieties" mentioned. But if you are searching for
real information this may be difficult. Publications specialising on mints
will be on the books
page, but this page is
still being worked on.
to see mints
In the UK places
to see mints growing are mostly at nurseries, which
may have some larger plants
you can look at at any time, as well as some smaller plants you can buy. National
Plant Collections® of Mentha will have larger plants to see,
by arrangement, but may not sell plants, or if they do are unlikely to have all forms you
see in their Collection available to buy at the time of a visit, if they do sell plants.
Places to buy mints
In the UK a few plants can be found in most Garden Centres and Nurseries these
days, with a larger choice available by visiting your nearest Herb Farm.
If you are really sure you can accommodate even more mints in your garden then try
the few specialist
What's available if you
want to buy mints
This page contains a table of plant names listed as available by the
nurseries with the largest lists of mints. If you are really sure you've got
the room, then have a look at the plants page.
naming of mints
This page is aimed at explaining what names have, and have not, been given to mints - botanical, horticultural and
common names - how to write the names correctly and why.
This page is not a list of all the names, a subject which is a lot more
complex than you might have thought.
Mentha Collection, in Wales (opens in a new page)
This section of the website is information specifically related to my National Plant
Collection (one of four in the UK), designated by the
NCCPG/PlantHeritage in 1991.
details and pictures - A future development
Although I realise this may well be what many visitors to this site really
want to see, it is going to be some time before they will be in luck. Until
the beginning of this year I have been a full-time home Carer and so had very
limited time to do that I wanted to the website. Maybe I can do more this