Orange Bergamot Mint
|Family:||Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)|
|Genus:||Mentha (MEN-thuh) (Info)|
|Species:||citrata (sit-TRAY-tuh) (Info)|
|Synonym:||Mentha piperita var. citrata|
|Synonym:||Mentha aquatica var. citrata|
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Sun to Partial Shade
Grown for foliage
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
Where to Grow:
Can be grown as an annual
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Late Summer/Early Fall
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Ensenada, Puerto Rico
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
On Oct 24, 2012, herbella from Albuquerque, NM wrote:
So far, this is my favorite mint. I don’t detect a strong scent of orange. It has a mild flavor. It grows well in an old half whiskey barrel that was here when we bought the house. It gets sun only in the morning. I put a half gallon olla (clay pot for watering) in the middle of the barrel and refill the olla every two days. It has survived a week without having the water refreshed in the olla. My favorite use for orange mint is to put a few fresh leaves in with our green salads. It perks up the salad, but does not overwhelm it as peppermint or others would do. I also dry it and add it to other herb tea combinations in place of peppermint because the orange mint is milder. It survived through last winter. My other experiences with mint include spearmint (odd flavor & tends to die out), pep. read more permint (super invasive), chocolate (died out), catmint (not tasty bit the flowers are attractive), pineapple (temperamental and tends to die out), and apple (died out).
On Mar 21, 2006, prometeo21 from Mayaguez, PR (Zone 11) wrote:
Very nice mint. My favorite. Someone said that is useless in cooking. humm, just try a few leaves in a cup with hot chocolate and cover the cup for five minutes. The results will be incredible. A really nice cup of hot chocolate with a heavenly aroma and a really nice exotic flavor. Just Try it once. This one is my personal recipe. My plant gave out flowers in Puerto Rico this last winter in full sun. Needs moist soil here.
On Jun 20, 2005, jadewolf from Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:
This is also one of my favorite mints. Very fragrent and pleasing aroma. I’ve also found it useful in certain soups where a spicy, mildly mint flavor is desired. Not as strong as peppermint or spearmint for culinary use.
On May 23, 2005, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:
One of my favorite mints (and I love mints) . delicious minty/orangey citrusy smelling foliage smells lightly “perfumey”? and almost sometimes like a man’s cologne. Grows very easily one of hardier “special” mints. round small (smaller than peppermint etc.) shiny dark green leaves with darkish veins and darkish stems.
On Feb 6, 2005, cultivateweeds from Salem, MA wrote:
Grows well in imperfect soil in shade. Will run and become invasive groundcover, using other plants for support to reach for light. Shallow roots/runners, easy to pull out unwanted portion. Nice smell, useless in cooking, doesn’t bloom in shade. Water during drought.
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