Mint Peppermint




Usually available: All year

Life cycle: Perennial
Height: 45 – 60cm
Position: Sun / part shade
Soil preference: Moist / well drained

Mint Peppermint (Mentha piperita)

Growing Conditions:

  • Thrives in cool, moist environments with partial shade to full sun
  • Suitable for most regions of Australia, particularly in temperate and cool temperate areas
  • Grows well in well-draining, rich soil with consistent moisture
  • Ideal companion plants include tomatoes, cabbage, and beans


Mint Peppermint is a refreshing, aromatic herb with vibrant green leaves and a cool, invigorating scent. This perennial plant is easy to grow and provides a delightful addition to any garden or culinary endeavor.

History of Usage

Peppermint has been used for centuries in traditional medicine and culinary applications. Ancient Greeks and Romans valued peppermint for its medicinal properties, while ancient Egyptians used it as a flavoring agent. Throughout history, peppermint has been utilized to alleviate digestive issues, freshen breath, and provide a cooling sensation.

Medicinal Uses

Peppermint is known for its therapeutic properties, including:

  • Relieving digestive discomfort, bloating, and gas
  • Alleviating headaches and migraines
  • Providing relief from cold and flu symptoms
  • Enhancing mental clarity and focus
  • Soothing sore muscles when used topically

Culinary Uses

Peppermint is a versatile herb in the kitchen, offering a fresh, cooling flavor to various dishes and beverages, such as:

  • Teas and infusions
  • Salads and dressings
  • Desserts, including ice creams, chocolates, and baked goods
  • Cocktails and mocktails
  • Sauces and marinades

Garden Uses

In the garden, peppermint can be used to:

  • Attract beneficial pollinators, such as bees and butterflies
  • Repel pests, including aphids, cabbage moths, and ants
  • Serve as a groundcover or border plant
  • Provide a refreshing scent in sensory gardens

Interesting Facts

  • Peppermint is a naturally occurring hybrid between watermint and spearmint
  • The menthol in peppermint provides its characteristic cooling sensation
  • Peppermint essential oil is one of the most popular essential oils worldwide


Mint Peppermint is a must-have herb for any garden or home. Its refreshing aroma, therapeutic properties, and culinary versatility make it a valuable addition to a healthy lifestyle. Whether used in teas, cooking, or natural remedies, peppermint offers a delightful and invigorating experience. Grow your own peppermint to enjoy its many benefits and add a touch of freshness to your daily life.


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