What is the most invasive 'mint' variety

zippo1July 31, 2010

Spearmint vs peppermint vs applemint vs all the other mints which one of ALL do you consider to be the fastest spreading and most invasive?

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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

I find the closer to a "wild" a variety is, usually the more vigorous the plant. Named cultivars, variegation, and lots of extra breeding for some characteristic make plants less robust in my experience. Example, those "flavored" mints have croaked for me without so much as a wimper but your unnamed, generic mints persevere no matter what I do to them.

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   July 31, 2010 at 10:53AM
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lavender_lass(4b)

I've only planted spearmint so far, but I can't imagine any of the other ones being MORE invasive! LOL

    Bookmark   August 4, 2010 at 7:32PM
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booboobolhuis(7, Oklahoma)

My Chocolate Mint is extremely invasive. It has vines trailing in every direction. I really should of planted it in a better spot.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2010 at 12:17PM
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bedtime

My chocolate mint is extremely evasive as well. Started with one plant and now have dozens within only a few months. Spearmint is extremely evasive as well.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 12:40PM
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nickl(Z7a NJ)

:"Invasive" is a very broad term. However, considering that spearmint isn't native to NA but it's now found almost everywhere , I'd certainly call that "invasive"

    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 2:54PM
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aseedisapromise

I found a peppermint while hiking happily choking a spring in Arizona in the pine forest above the Mogollon Rim. Now that's getting around!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2013 at 5:39PM
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seysonn(8a WA/HZ 1)

INVASIVE BY ROOTS is really invasive. I do not consider multiplying by seeds to be invasive because one can simply pull them out just like we treat weeds . But you cannot do this with mints.

So I consider all mints that I know, INVASIVE. That is why it make sense to contain them in pot(s).

    Bookmark   July 7, 2013 at 4:56AM
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jll0306(9/ Sunset 18/High Desert)

I would have said Orange, before I got a chocolate mint..

The least rampant seems to be the Pear. All the others fall somewhere in between. ..but I'm just now starting to plant them in the ground in the places where I want them to go wild, so I can't say for sure. I THINK Orange may still win.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2013 at 9:54AM
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goodearth(z8atlanta)

Chocolate mint is a definite runner up (pun intended :o)

    Bookmark   July 17, 2013 at 9:36AM
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