This is the mint that is considered one of the most durable and vigorous selections able to grow in a variety of soil conditions. We are using this species in our plantings as a groundcover as a mask for insects that infect our fruit. Its thick rhizomes also out compete quackgrass, spotted knapweed and makes a nice sod where we do not mow. In fact, it is really quite a challenge to harvest the roots because of the thick rootstock as well as the lattice structure of the roots. Its a workout!
Applemint provides nice nectar laden flowers perfect for bees and butterflies. Applemint makes a delicious tea and from a horticultural point of view far more vigorous and drought tolerant than any mint selection we have tested.
If you are concerned about this plants 'invasiveness' then these aren't the droids you are looking for. I mean 'nice not spreading mint plants'.
|Genus & Species||Mentha x villosa x hybrid|
|Seed Source||Unknown. Clonal propagation. No fertile seed.|
|Soil||Not particular but does well in sandy loam.|
|Ease of Cultivation||Very easy. Very competitive mint. Durable enough to mow once or twice a year without loss of vigor. Makes a nice mat.|