Home » Plants » Mentha suaveolens

Apple Mint (Mentha suaveolens Ehrh.)

Also known as wooly mint.

Page contents
Apple Mint
Photo © Artur Wasilewski, CC BY 4.0.


A mint with fuzzy, rounded leaves, native to Western Europe and North Africa, introduced in North Ameirca.

Range - Expand

Introduced or Not Present

This tentative map is based on our own research. It may have limited data on Canada and/or Mexico, and there is some subjectivity in our assignment of plants as introduced vs. expanded. Read more in this blog post.

Life Cycle

Apple mint is a long-lived, patch-forming perennial that reproduces primarily vegetatively, spreading by rhizomes and forming large colonies.

The plant blooms in summer and sets seed later, but reproduction by seed is infrequent.


This species is widely cultivated in gardens, where it is valued for its pleasant aroma, which is similar to spearmint and apples, hence the name. It is used in herbal teas, but because of the hairy leaves it is less commonly used as a fresh herb than spearmint (Mentha spicata).

Numerous cultivars exist, selected both for their aroma and visual appearance and growth habit; some cultivars belong strictly to this species, whereas others are hybrids of this species with other Mentha sp. Some cultivars have variegated leaves.

Mentha suaveolens (apple mint) | USDA PLANTS Database (About This Site)

Apple Mint | iNaturalist (About This Site)

Mentha suaveolens (Apple Mint) | Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder (About This Site)

Mentha suaveolens | CABI Invasive Species Compendium (About This Site)

Mentha suaveolens | Biota of North America Project (BONAP) (About This Site)

Mentha suaveolens | NatureServe Explorer (About This Site)

Apple Mint | Maryland Biodiversity Project (About This Site)

Photo gallery

Photo © Artur Wasilewski, CC BY 4.0.