Mint, Mayan (Lippia dulcis), packet of 20 seeds, organic
Family: Vervain (Verbenaceae)
Hardy to Zones 8 to 12, otherwise grown as an annual, 90 days to harvest
(Mayan Mint, Sweet Aztec Herb, Phyla scaberrima, Phyla dulcis) Perennial creeping plant with very showy purple leaves and upright cone-like flowers, native to Mexico and South America. Does well in pots, especially hanging pots, as it is a draper. The taste is somewhat like stevia, but with aromatic overtones and no stevia aftertaste. This is a pre-sweetened tea herb, and it is really handsome in the garden, as well. We find that the plant prefers fast-draining but nutrient rich soils and drapes admirably over rock walls or other garden features. It will send out runners and root in, but it is severely affected by frost so for most gardeners in the temperate north invasiveness remains more of a goal than a problem. Sow seed in flats in the early spring and work up the plants to transplantability, then transplant. Plant prefers full sun to part shade. Space plants 1 to 2 feet apart.
20 seeds/pkt, Certified Organically Grown