18 Best Types of Mint Plants | Different Varieties of Mint

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Pudina is one of the most used herbs in Indian dishes. Here are the best Types of Mint that you can grow in pots for a fresh harvest all year round!

Different Varieties of Mint can add a refreshing taste to a variety of dishes and preparations. If you are too a fan of pudina, then have a look at the best Types of Mint you can grow!

Here’s everything you need to know about growing mint

Best Types of Mint

1. Peppermint

Types of Mint

Botanical Name: Mentha × piperita

Peppermint has a sweet fragrance with a cooling aftertaste. Its leaves are widely famous for seasoning and the dried flowers have uses in flavoring candy, desserts, beverages, and salads.

2. Chocolate Mint

Botanical Name: Mentha × piperita ‘Chocolate Mint’

As the name suggests, chocolate mint has a chocolaty flavor and fragrance. Its minty chocolate aroma goes well in shakes and desserts. The herb also blooms lavender flowers in summers. It is one of the best Types of Mint you can grow!

3. Spearmint

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Botanical Name: Mentha spicata

Spearmint produces narrow, green leaves with a pleasing fragrance. It is popular in a variety of dishes and cocktails. Spearmint also bears a spike of lilac, pink, or white flowers.

4. Pennyroyal Mint

Botanical Name: Mentha pulegium

Pennyroyal mint has tiny, delicate, green leaves and also bears pale blue to lavender blooms. Upon crushing, these leaves emit a minty fragrance similar to spearmint.

5. Corsican Mint

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Botanical Name: Mentha requienii

Corsican mint leaves are round and tiny that are reminiscent of thyme. Its intense minty flavor and fragrance are used in making a liqueur called creme de menthe.

6. Water Mint


Botanical Name: Mentha aquatica

Water mint produces deep green, oval, and aromatic leaves with purple veins. This mint variety grows in shallow waterways. The leaves are used for balm and other culinary purposes.

7. Apple Mint

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Botanical Name: Mentha suaveolens

Apple mint has light green, ovate leaves and also bear white to light pink blooms. It has a perfect blend of fruity and minty flavor that goes well in teas, salads, and icecreams.

8. American Wild Mint


Botanical Name: Mentha canadensis

This mint can be consumed either raw or even can be cooked with other recipes. Native to Canada and America, this mint type goes well in jellies, candies, and teas.

9. Mojito Mint

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Botanical Name: Mentha × villosa

As the name suggests, this mint type is a must addition to a cocktail mojito. The refreshing sprig of leaves has a mild flavor with a pleasing scent that goes well in salads and teas.

10. Margarita Mint

Botanical Name: Mentha ‘Margarita’

Margarita mint has lime-scented leaves. It is a hybrid mint variety that is comparatively less invasive than other mints. As the name suggests, its lemony flavor goes well with Margarita!

11. Banana Mint

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Botanical Name: Mentha arvensis ‘Banana’

Banana mint bears oval to lance-shaped leaves on slender stems. Its leaves have a banana-like flavor and go well in hot and cold teas, beverages, ice cream, and muffins.

12. Lavender Mint

Botanical Name: Mentha piperita ‘Lavendula’

As the name suggests, the leaves of this variety have a purple shade and is primarily used for ornamental purposes. Its sprigs are added to the salads, pasta, or soups too.

13. Slender Mint

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Botanical Name: Mentha diemenica

Native to Australia, this dwarf mint grows up to 4-6 inches high. Slender mint looks different from other types of mints and grows white flowers in summer that are a good source of nectar for bees and butterflies.

14. Egyptian Mint

Botanical Name:Mentha niliaca

This culinary mint has a fragrance similar to an applemint, but the flavor is slightly milder than peppermint. It goes well with savory dishes and teas.

15. Horsemint


Botanical Name: Mentha longifolia

Also known as silver mint, this herb grows up to 3-4 feet tall, and bears pink or lilac flowers. This clump-forming mint has medicinal properties.

16. Strawberry Mint

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Botanical Name: Mentha spicata subsp. citrata ‘Strawberry’

As the name suggests, it has a minty and fruity fragrance like strawberry. You can add it to fruit salads, desserts, and iced teas for a fruity flavor.

17. Grapefruit Mint

Botanical Name: Mentha x piperita ‘Grapefruit’

Its leaves emit a minty, grapelike fragrance. Grapefruit mint goes well with fruit desserts. It is one of the best types of mint you can grow, thanks to its intoxicating citrus-mint scent.

18. Ginger Mint

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Botanical Name: Mentha x gracilis

Ginger mint or Vietnamese mint is used for flavoring poultry dishes. It has an aroma like spearmint with a fruity ginger-like flavor.

2 thoughts on “18 Best Types of Mint Plants | Different Varieties of Mint”

  1. The problem is where to get these mint plants, in India? None of the online nurseries seem to have any, except the common three – spear, common and pepper. Even websearch doesn’t show any result.


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