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Ginger Mint

Mentha x gracilis

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Plant Profile

Flowering Months:
Lamiaceae (Dead-nettle)
Life Cycle:
Maximum Size:
60 centimetres tall
Fields, gardens, roadsides, walls, wasteland, wetland.

Pink, 4 petals
Small pink flowers forming dense clusters around the leaf axils. 4 stamens. Pollinated by insects.
A 4-parted capsule. Rarely develops.
Opposite, short-stalked, oval, toothed leaves. Hairy. The upright stems are square in cross-section and frequently purplish. Perennial. Often encountered as a garden escape. Ginger Mint is a hybrid between Corn Mint (Mentha arvensis) and Spearmint (Mentha spicata).
Other Names:
Bushy Mint, Ginger Mint, Golden Apple Mint, Little-leaved Mint, Redmint, Scotch Spearmint, Scotchmint, Slender Mint.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  

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Mentha x gracilis, also known as slender mint, is a hybrid mint plant that is a cross between Mentha aquatica and Mentha spicata. It is a perennial herb that grows to about 2 feet tall and has small, dark green leaves. The plant produces spikes of small, purple flowers in the summer. Slender mint is often used in cooking and as an ornamental plant.


Ginger Mint, also known as Mentha x gracilis, is a hybrid mint plant that is highly valued for its unique flavor and aromatic properties. It is a cross between two different mint species, Mentha arvensis and Mentha spicata, and is a member of the Lamiaceae family. Ginger Mint is a hardy perennial plant that can grow up to two feet in height and can spread up to three feet in width.

Ginger Mint is a highly versatile herb that can be used in a variety of culinary and medicinal applications. Its unique flavor is a combination of both ginger and mint, making it perfect for adding a refreshing and spicy twist to dishes. Its leaves can be used fresh or dried, and they can be added to salads, soups, stews, and sauces. They can also be used to make tea or to flavor cocktails.

Ginger Mint has a number of medicinal properties as well. Its essential oil is rich in antioxidants, which can help protect the body from damage caused by free radicals. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce inflammation in the body and relieve pain. Additionally, Ginger Mint has been used traditionally to treat digestive issues, such as bloating, gas, and indigestion.

Growing Ginger Mint is relatively easy. It prefers well-drained soil and partial shade, although it can tolerate full sun as well. It is a low-maintenance plant that does not require much attention once it is established. It is also a fast-growing plant, and it can quickly spread if not contained. Therefore, it is recommended to grow Ginger Mint in pots or containers to prevent it from taking over the garden.

To harvest Ginger Mint, simply snip off the stems as needed. It is best to harvest the leaves in the morning when the essential oils are most concentrated. You can use the leaves fresh or dry them for later use. To dry the leaves, simply hang them upside down in a dry, well-ventilated area.

Ginger Mint is also known for its calming properties and is often used to relieve stress and anxiety. Its essential oils have a soothing effect on the mind and body, making it an ideal herb to add to teas or aromatherapy blends.

Aside from its culinary and medicinal uses, Ginger Mint is also a great addition to any garden. Its vibrant green leaves and delicate purple flowers make it an attractive plant that can attract bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects. Additionally, the strong scent of Ginger Mint can help deter pests such as mosquitoes, making it a great natural insect repellent.

Ginger Mint is also known to have antimicrobial properties, which can help prevent the growth of harmful bacteria and fungi. This makes it a popular ingredient in natural cleaning products and skin care products.

Ginger Mint also has potential as a natural remedy for respiratory issues such as coughs, colds, and allergies. Its essential oils have a cooling effect on the respiratory system and can help to clear the sinuses and relieve congestion. The menthol in Ginger Mint can also act as a decongestant and expectorant, helping to loosen mucus and make it easier to expel.

Additionally, Ginger Mint has been studied for its potential as an anti-cancer agent. Some studies have found that the essential oils of Ginger Mint have cytotoxic effects on cancer cells, particularly those of the liver and colon. While more research is needed, these findings suggest that Ginger Mint could have promising applications in cancer treatment and prevention.

In terms of culinary uses, Ginger Mint can be used in a variety of dishes and beverages. Its spicy flavor pairs well with fruits such as watermelon and pineapple, and it can be used to add a refreshing twist to lemonade or iced tea. Ginger Mint can also be used to flavor desserts such as sorbet or ice cream, and it pairs well with chocolate and other rich flavors.

In conclusion, Ginger Mint is a versatile herb that has a range of potential health benefits and culinary applications. Whether you use it to add flavor to your dishes or to promote relaxation and wellness, Ginger Mint is a plant that is sure to provide a wealth of benefits to your life. Consider adding it to your herb garden or incorporating it into your daily routine to experience its many benefits.

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