Mentha × carinthiaca
Mentha × brutteletii Malinv. ex Strail
Mentha × carniolica Host
Mentha × malinvaldii E.G.Camus
Mentha × muelleriana F.W.Schultz
Mentha × palatina (F.W.Schultz) F.W.Schultz
Mentha × pyrenaica Heinr.Braun
Mentha × quadica Heinr.Braun
Mentha × ramosissima Heinr.Braun
Mentha × scordiastrum F.W.Schultz ex Malinv.
Mentha × scribae F.W.Schultz
Mentha × submollis Heinr.Braun
Mentha × subtomentosa (Strail) Strail
Mentha × triemarginata Strail
Mentha × wohlwerthiana F.W.Schultz
Common Name: Kärntner Minze
Mentha × carinthiaca is a herbaceos perennial plant
The plant is cultivated in European gardens for the preparation of a herbal tea[
Europe - Britain, France, Spain, Poland, Hungary
|Pollinators||Bees, Lepidoptera, Insects
Mint species generally succeed in most soils and situations so long as the soil is not too dry, preferring slightly acid conditions[
]. They usually grow well in heavy clay soils. Essential oil production is best when the plant is in a sunny position, though the plants also succeed in partial shade.
Mentha species are very prone to hybridisation and so the seed cannot be relied on to breed true. Even without hybridisation, seedlings will often not be uniform and so the content of medicinal oils etc will vary. When growing plants with a particular aroma it is best to propagate them by division[
Most mints have fairly aggressive spreading roots and, unless you have the space to let them roam, they need to be restrained by some means such as planting them in containers that are buried in the soil[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[
The plant is used to make a herbal tea[
A tea made from the leaves of most mint species has traditionally been used in the treatment of fevers, headaches, digestive disorders and various minor ailments[
The leaves are harvested as the plant comes into flower and can be dried for later use[
The essential oil in the leaves of mints is antiseptic, though it can be toxic in larger doses[
Mint species are usually good bee and butterfly attractant plants, supplying them with good quality pollen and nectar[
Mints are usually quite aromatic plants and they make good companions for cabbages and tomatoes, their aromatic nature helping to repel insect pests..
Rats and mice intensely dislike the smell of mint. Members of the genus have therefore often been used in homes as strewing herbs and have also been spread in granaries to keep rodents off the stored grain[
Seed - this is a hybrid species and often does not produce seed. If seed is produced then it is unlikely to breed true to the parent - though this can lead to some interesting variants.
Sow the seed in spring in a cold frame. Germination is usually fairly quick. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in the summer.
Division can be easily carried out at almost any time of the year, though it is probably best done in the spring or autumn to allow the plant to establish more quickly. Virtually any part of the root is capable of growing into a new plant. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. However, for maximum increase it is possible to divide the roots up into sections no more than 3cm long and pot these up in light shade in a cold frame. They will quickly become established and can be planted out in the summer.