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Garden Mint

Mentha canadensis

Mentha canadensis by Mjhuft (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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A close up of a Mentha canadensis flower

Garden Mint Overview

Garden Mint is a fast-growing spreading plant with bright green aromatic serrated leaves. Garden mint is edible and has medicinal and cosmetic uses, and can be used to make essential oil. Garden Mint was previously considered to be the species Mentha sachalinensis, this plant is now considered the same as Wild Mint, Mentha canadensis. It is a great container plant and tolerates light frost. It can become invasive, make sure to plant it in a contained area or in a pot in the soil!

Common problems with Garden Mint

Mint is mostly resistant to pests but is vulnerable to whiteflies, blackflies, spider mites, snails, and slugs when young.

    How to harvest Garden Mint

    Leaves can be picked throughout the year, but they lose their best aroma once flowers appear. For the strongest flavour, harvest leaves at midday when their essential oil concentrations are strongest. Gather individual leaves or cut leafy stems.

    How to propagate Garden Mint


    Mint can easily be grown from stem cuttings.


    Sow seeds in Spring, 40-60 mm deep and thin out later.


    Divide the rootball in Spring or Autumn. If you want to keep a specific aroma, division is the best method, not seeds.


    The rhizomes will readily sprout roots and stems when replanted any time of the year.

    Special features of Garden Mint

    Repels harmful insects

    Repels cabbage fly, ants, cabbage looper and aphids.The essential oil is used to repel moths and rodents.

    Crop rotation

    Medium Feeder

    Pot plant

    Mint makes a good container plant. This also stops the plant from spreading too rapidly.

    Attracts useful insects

    The flowers attracts bees and butterflies.

    Other uses of Garden Mint

    Culinary, medicinal, cosmetic, essential oils


    A common herbal remedy for indigestion, nausea, tooth- and headaches. An ingredient of shampoo and soap. It can be applied directly to the skin.


    Leaves and flowers are edible and used in eg. salads, tea (especially Moroccan tea), cocktails, food, toothpaste and ice cream. Leaves can be dried or frozen or preserved in salt, sugar syrup, alcohol or oil.

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