Organic Corsican Mint Cuttings Coolest 😎 Mint ever! (I think) Add whimsy to your garden and pathways. Corsican Mint won’t die when it’s trampled on. When you step on it, it releases a very potent and wonderful mint aroma. It grows low to the ground and makes the perfect ground cover. It grows very quickly from cuttings. It’s hard to find too! More on Corsican Mint: Mentha requienii or Corsican mint is among the smallest plants in the mint family. An extremely low-growing species, this herb only grows up to a height of 3 cm to 10 cm and bears tiny vividly green, oval-shaped leaves, which are anything between 2 mm and 7 mm in length. The leaves possess a potent mint scent. Corsica mint produces mauve hued blooms in July and August. The flowers of this species are pollinated by insects. This herb is indigenous to Corsica, from where it gets its common name. In addition, Corsican mint is native to France, Sardinia and mainland Italy.
Besides being cultivated for enhancing the show of gardens, Corsican mint, botanical name Mentha requienii, also has culinary uses. Possibly, this herb is most famous used to flavour crème de menthe. Corsica mint is available in many garden stores for people who desire to grow this plant in their gardens. Generally when talk about mints many people visualize large, upright, leafy plants. However, Corsican mint is a small plant, almost hugging the ground, and it usually grows out instead of growing up. The leaves of this herb are tiny, measuring about half the dimension of a pinky nail. The leaves have a vivid green hue and are somewhat aromatic. When grown in places having temperate climatic conditions, this variety of mint is an evergreen plant. On the other hand, when grown in cooler places, Corsican mint usually dies during the winter months, only to resurface during spring. The plants flower ragingly during the summer. Corsican mint bears mauve-hued diminutive flowers.
One reason why Corsican mint is widely used in the form of a ground cover is that it has a wonderful aroma. This herb has an extremely rich, stimulating, mint-like scent. The plants release a pleasantly mint-like potent aroma when people trod over them. According to many, the aroma of the plant is more akin to pennyroyal. Owing to its wonderful scent, Corsican mint is a popular garden plant, especially in gardens where the emphasis is on smells. In addition, it is beneficial for other plants in the garden, as its scent repels many insects and rats.
Similar to all other herbs, Corsican mint should always be cultivated organically for use in herbal remedies. It should never be grown using chemical fertilizers. Growing this species organically ensures that the plants do not absorb elevated amounts of toxic chemicals and, therefore, the remedies prepared with them also do not contain these harmful chemicals.
In folk medicine, Corsican mint has been employed in the form of an antiseptic, a febrifuge and a carminative. The plant has a mint flavour, which is loathed by rats and mice. Hence, traditionally, people strew the plant on the floor with a view to keep rats away.
In addition, you can also use Corsican mint for landscaping in the form of a bedding plant. When people walk on these plants, they release a pleasant minty aroma. Since the plants do not die even when people trample on them, they can also be employed to line pavements - growing freely between the stones that are used as steps. Dissimilar to several other varieties of cultivated mints, Corsican mint does not grow to any significant height and the plants have the aptitude to succeed in the shaded areas of your garden.
Nevertheless, the leaves of Corsican mint will rot if the soil has too much moisture. Therefore, it is advisable that you allow the plant enough time to dry between the waterings. However, do not allow the soil to dry too much because this herb is susceptible to droughts.