Mentha x piperita f. citrata ‘Basil’ [Basil Mint]


Mentha x piperita f. citrata ‘Basil’ [Basil Mint] in a 1 litre pot.

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Mentha x piperita f. citrata ‘Basil’ is a cultivar of Basil Mint, a hybrid mint plant in the Lamiaceae family. The plant is a perennial herb that is known for its basil-like aroma and flavor, with a hint of mint. The leaves are green and have a slightly serrated edge. The plant produces small, purple flowers that are not edible. It is used in cooking, particularly in Mediterranean and Asian cuisine, but also as a garnish, and in drinks. It is a fast-growing and hardy plant, easy to care for, it can be grown in a variety of soils and prefers partial to full sun. It can be invasive if not kept in check, so it’s best to grow it in a container or in a designated area of the garden.

Key Facts

  • Common Name(s):Basil Mint
  • Hardiness:Fully hardy
  • How big will I get? Mentha x piperita f. citrata ‘Basil’ can grow to a height of 0.6m and a spread of 1.5m.
  • Did You Know That:Mint is a fast-growing plant, it can quickly spread through underground runners and can become invasive if not controlled?

Plant Calendar

A rough guide to how this plant will change through the year.

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Flowering Time
Foliage Colour

Care Guide

Soil Requirements

Mentha x piperita f. citrata ‘Basil’ thrives in wet or damp soil with decent drainage or in poorly draining soil. This plant can grow in soil with a wide range of pH levels, it is not picky about the pH level of the soil.

Best Position

Mentha x piperita f. citrata ‘Basil’ prefers a sheltered position and can cope with either full sun or partial shade.


Mentha x piperita f. citrata ‘Basil’ should be cut back after it finishes flowering will promote growth the following year by redirecting energy from seed production and foliage maintenance to root growth.

Pest, Diseases and Wildlife

Mentha x piperita f. citrata ‘Basil’ is generally pest free, it can be vulnerable to certain diseases such as powdery mildews and rust. It is also known to attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators. It is toxic to cats and dogs.

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