Mentha asiatica

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Asian mint
Mentha asiatica flowers.jpg
Mentha asiatica
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Mentha
Species: M. asiatica
Binomial name
Mentha asiatica

Mentha asiatica (Mentha longifolia var. asiatica) is known by the common name of Asian mint.[1] It is a mint species within the genus Mentha.

General Information[edit]

Asian mint is a species of perennial herb that typically grows in full sun to partial shade. Asian mint prefers to grow in moist, adequate soil moisture retention year-round. It produces purple showy flowers that are fragrant. Unlike the other Laminace family plants, Mentha asiatica produces an unusual foliage color of leaves that are evergreen and opposites. Mentha asiatica is suitable for wintersowing and handles well with transplanting. They do not typically come true from seed, similar to other mentha mint species, because mint seeds are highly variable and some varieties are sterile. An easier way to propagate is from cuttings from root, division, or even runners (stolons) from fully grown plants.[2]


  1. ^ Quattrocchi, Umberto (1999). CRC World dictionary of plant names: Common names, Scientific Names, Eponyms, Sonyonyms, and Etymology. III M-Q. CRC Press. p. 1659. 
  2. ^ "Asian Mint (Mentha longifolia var. asiatica) in the Mints Database". The national gardening association. Retrieved 4/21/2017.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)