Chocolate Mint

Though chocolate mint is named more for the color of its branches than for the flavor, there's enough of a hint to add a refreshing twist to chocolatey desserts.

Chocolate Mint

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  • Type: Perennial in zones 3 to 11
  • Planting time: After last frost in spring or in fall (up to 2 to 3 weeks before first frost in cold zones)
  • Features: Green leaves with strong menthol flavor
  • Light: Full sun to part shade
  • Soil: Fertile, moist
  • Spacing: 18 to 24 inches
  • Plant size: 24 inches tall, 18 to 24 inches wide
  • Garden use: Herb gardens, beside water gardens, or in containers
  • Culinary use: Use leaves fresh, dried, or frozen in water

Chocolate mint leaves have a delightful minty chocolate flavor, much like the classic Girl Scout cookie. Stems tend to run rampantly over—and under—soil. In small garden spaces, it’s best to tuck chocolate mint into a pot to curtail its wandering ways. Chocolate mint thrives alongside water gardens or in damp spots in the yard. Lushest growth occurs in moist soil in partial shade. Crush fresh leaves into water for a refreshing beverage, or add to tea or coffee. You can also dry leaves for flavoring desserts, like ice cream, meringues, quick breads, or cakes. Pick leaves frequently. Plants open lavender blooms in late summer. Tolerates light frost.

Some Bonnie Plants varieties may not be available at your local stores, as we select and sell varieties best suited to the growing conditions in each region.

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