Variegated Pineapple Mint description:
A beautiful mint with a cream and green variegation.
Beware, some nurseries have inferior leaf colourings with hardly any cream markings.
The fragrance is also lovely, and yes it does smell of pineapples!
Cream flowers in the summer.
A pollinator friendly plant including bees.
This is a butterfly friendly plant.
A bat friendly plant.
Can tolerate a coastal aspect with a certain amount of salt laden air.
How easy is it to grow:
This is good for a herb garden, border or patio and is not so prone to rust as other mints. It is easy in most soils, including heavy or clay ones, provided there is some moisture in the soil.
Botanical name: Mentha suaveolens ‘Pineapple’ or Mentha suaveolens Variegata or Mentha rotundifolia Variegata.
Variegated Pineapple Mint culinary uses:
Use in salads, fruit salads and cool drinks.
The best position in the garden:
Sun or semi shade.
Is it useful as a ground cover plant?
Yes, it will fill a gap in a border and is especially spectacular in a shady spot.
What type of soil:
Any reasonable soil where not too dry, also tolerates acidic soil and clay soil.
How much moisture:
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
In the early autumn trim hard down to ground level and remove all leaf debris to stop the spread of mint rust.
At any point in the growing season trim back to half size if the bush is looking straggly.
Size of plant:
Height 60 cm.
Buy herbs, alpines, wildflowers, perennials and ornamental grasses.