Commonly known as Eau de cologne Mint or Orange Mint, is a cultivar of peppermint (Mentha × piperita) with a distinct citrusy aroma.
Leaves: Similar to regular peppermint, Eau de cologne Mint has dark green, serrated leaves with a square stem. The leaves, however, carry a citrus scent due to the presence of natural citrus oils.
Stems: Square-shaped stems, a characteristic feature of plants in the mint family (Lamiaceae).
Flowers: Like other mints, Eau de cologne Mint produces terminal spikes of small, lavender to pink flowers. The flowers are not the primary focus, as the plant is usually grown for its fragrant foliage.
Culinary: Eau de cologne Mint is often used in culinary applications where a hint of citrus flavor is desired. It can be used in teas, salads, desserts, and other dishes where a citrus-mint flavor is appealing.
Aromatic: The primary appeal of Eau de cologne Mint is its aromatic quality. The leaves release a refreshing citrus scent when crushed, making it a popular choice for aromatherapy, potpourris, and herbal sachets.
Soil: Well-drained, fertile soil is ideal. Eau de cologne Mint can adapt to various soil types.
Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist, but avoid waterlogging. Regular watering is beneficial.
Sunlight: Partial shade to full sun. While it can tolerate some shade, Eau de cologne Mint tends to thrive in sunny locations.
Hardiness: Eau de cologne Mint is generally hardy and can be grown as a perennial in various climates.
Harvest the leaves as needed for culinary or aromatic purposes. Regular harvesting can promote bushier growth.
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