Corsican Mint – Mentha requienii
This is a fascinating ground hugging mint, Corsican Mint has tiny foliage and with a creeping habit it makes a good ground cover plant for damp shaded positions.
Although it grows well in shade, this is not a plant that competes well with others, so it needs its own space.
It does like moisture, however not waterlogged clay soils. For us it grows well on the shady side of a water tank.
When crushed the foliage is very fragrant, a useful plant for a sensory garden.
Once established it is very easy to grow, and in good conditions can be a little invasive.
Corsican Mint does have a strong fragrance and one suggested use is for growing between pavers. This may work as long as the pavers are not concrete as this will leach lime into the soil and like most mints, Mentha requienii requires a slightly alkaline soil.
One of the more interesting uses is the foliage which is used in Creme de Menthe. Use it in containers in shaded positions as a ground cover, grow it the shaded rock garden, or use the leaves as a garnish, tea or in a salad.
Corsican Mint only reaches around 3 -4 centimetres in height, it will flower in late summer with small lilac coloured flowers.
Very easy by division.
Simply dig a section with a root system and replant.
- In overly wet conditions the root system may rot.
- This is not a mint that will tolerate very dry conditions.
- Not tolerant of heavy frosts.
- Can be invasive.