Mentha requienii

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Not blooming
🍪 Edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
Corsican mint


The plant commonly known as Corsican mint possesses a lush green foliage with tiny, round leaves that exude a characteristic minty fragrance when crushed or brushed against. This plant has a tendency to form a dense mat-like growth, creating a carpet-like appearance over the ground it covers. The leaves are bright green, giving the plant a vibrant look throughout its growing season. During its blooming period, which typically occurs in the warmer months, Corsican mint produces very small lavender to pinkish flowers that add a subtle splash of color to the tapestry of green leaves. Its delicate flowers are barely noticeable unless closely inspected, often blending in with the dense foliage. Overall, the appearance of Corsican mint is one of a delicate, low-growing ground cover with a refreshing scent and petite flowers that lend themselves to its charm and aesthetic appeal.

Plant Info
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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Corsican Mint, Creeping Mint, Miniature Mint.

    • Common names

      Mentha requienii.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Corsican mint (Mentha requienii) is generally considered safe for human consumption and is not known to be toxic. It is commonly used in cooking and as a flavoring agent. However, like with many plants, some individuals may experience an allergic reaction, skin irritation or digestive upset. There are no well-documented symptoms of poisoning from Corsican mint, as it is not recognized as a poisonous plant.

    • To pets

      Corsican mint is not known to be toxic to pets. It is generally considered safe for animals when ingested in small, culinary amounts. However, as with any non-food plant, consuming large quantities might cause stomach upset or an allergic reaction in some pets. No severe toxicity or life-threatening symptoms are expected from pets ingesting this plant.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      0.1 feet (3 cm)

    • Spread

      1 feet (30 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      Corsica, Sardinia


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aromatic ground cover: Mentha requienii, commonly known as Corsican mint, provides a dense, low-growing ground cover that emits a pleasant minty fragrance when walked upon.
    • Culinary uses: The leaves of Corsican mint are edible and can be used to flavor dishes, especially in Mediterranean cuisine.
    • Garden aesthetics: Corsican mint offers a soft, green carpet-like appearance, enhancing the overall aesthetics of gardens and landscapes.
    • Insect repellent: The strong scent of Corsican mint is known to naturally repel certain insects.
    • Low maintenance: Corsican mint is relatively easy to grow and requires minimal care once established, making it a convenient choice for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Drought tolerance: Once established, Corsican mint can tolerate periods of drought, making it suitable for xeriscaping or regions with water restrictions.
    • Erosion control: The mat-forming nature of Corsican mint helps stabilize soil and can prevent erosion in certain landscapes.
    • Shade tolerance: Corsican mint can grow in partially shaded areas where other plants might struggle to thrive.
    • Companion planting: It can be planted alongside other herbs and vegetables as a companion plant to enhance growth and flavor.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    • Antiseptic: Mentha requienii has been traditionally used for its antiseptic properties due to the presence of essential oils.
    • Expectorant: The plant is believed to help in the relief of coughs and congestion.
    • Carminative: It may alleviate symptoms of gastrointestinal distress by reducing gas and bloating.
    • Antimicrobial: Some studies suggest the essential oil of Mentha requienii exhibits antimicrobial activity against certain bacteria and fungi.
    • Anti-inflammatory: The menthol content in the plant may confer mild anti-inflammatory benefits.
    • Anesthetic: There is evidence that the menthol in Mentha requienii can act as a local anesthetic, providing temporary relief from minor aches and pains.
    • Aromatherapy: The scent of the plant is reputed to have soothing effects, potentially relieving stress and anxiety.
    Please note, the usage of plants for medical purposes should be taken with caution and under professional consultation. Additionally, research on the medical benefits of Mentha requienii is limited, and more studies are needed to substantiate these uses.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Culinary garnish: Corsican mint leaves can be used as a decorative, aromatic garnish on desserts and in cocktails due to their small size and pleasant fragrance.
    • Flavoring agent: The plant's intense minty flavor can be infused into syrups or vinegars to add a unique twist to culinary recipes.
    • Aromatic baths: The leaves of Corsican mint can be added to bathwater for a refreshing and invigorating scent.
    • Scented sachets: Dried Corsican mint leaves can fill sachets to freshen up drawers and closets with its strong, minty aroma.
    • Natural insect repellant: The strong scent of Corsican mint can deter insects, making it useful for placing around outdoor seating areas or windows.
    • Decorative groundcover: Due to its low growth habit and dense cover, it can be used in landscaping to create living green carpets in gardens.
    • Homemade potpourri: Dried Corsican mint can be combined with other herbs and flowers to create fragrant potpourri mixes.
    • Fragrance for homemade candles and soaps: The essential oil or dried leaves of Corsican mint are used to add a natural mint scent to candles and soaps.
    • Plant terrariums: It's small, and compact growth makes Corsican mint a suitable plant for including in miniature and fairy garden terrariums.
    • Crafting natural jewelry: Fresh or dried leaves can be incorporated into DIY jewelry projects, like resin pendants, for their beauty and fragrance.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Corsican mint is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Corsican mint is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Refreshment: Corsican mint (Mentha requienii) has a crisp, invigorating scent that symbolizes rejuvenation and the power to refresh the mind and spirit.
    • Healing: Many mint species are associated with healing due to their medicinal properties; Corsican mint symbolizes restoration of health and well-being.
    • Hospitality: Mint leaves have historically been used to clean and freshen living spaces, symbolizing the welcoming of guests and the offering of a pleasant environment.
    • Protection: Mint is sometimes considered a protective plant, used to ward off negative influences and evil spirits in various cultural superstitions and traditions.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every year
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Corsican mint, or Mentha requienii, thrives in consistently moist soil but doesn’t tolerate waterlogged conditions. It should be watered thoroughly when the top inch of the soil feels dry to the touch. Depending on the climate and weather conditions, usually once every 2-3 days will suffice. Use a watering can or a gentle hose sprayer to avoid disturbing its delicate foliage, evenly moistening the soil until it's saturated but not flooded. In terms of the amount, approximately one to two gallons per square yard every week generally maintains adequate moisture levels for Corsican mint, though this can vary based on temperature and sunlight exposure.

  • sunLight

    Corsican mint prefers partial shade to full sun exposure. It does best when it receives morning sunlight followed by afternoon shade, as strong, direct afternoon sunlight can scorch the leaves. An ideal spot for Corsican mint is under the light shade of taller plants or a structure that provides filtered sunlight, effectively protecting it from the harsh midday sun.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Corsican mint is hardy and can tolerate a range of temperatures, but it performs best in conditions between 55°F and 70°F. It can survive minimum temperatures down to about 5°F but requires protection, like mulch, in zones where temperatures fall below freezing. During hot summers, it’s crucial that Corsican mint is sheltered from extreme heat exceeding 90°F, which could damage the plant.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Corsican mint isn't usually necessary as it naturally forms a low mat, but occasional trimming can encourage fuller growth. It's best to prune in spring or early summer when new growth begins to appear. Trim lightly to shape the plant or to remove any dead or damaged foliage. Corsican mint can be pruned every few months if needed to maintain the desired size or shape.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Corsican mint (Mentha requienii) thrives best in rich, loamy soil with good drainage. The ideal soil pH for Corsican mint is slightly acidic to neutral, around 6.0 to 7.0. A potting mix for Corsican mint can be made with equal parts peat, perlite, and compost to ensure proper aeration and fertility.

  • plantRepotting

    Corsican mint does not typically require frequent repotting. It can be repotted every 2-3 years or when it outgrows its current container, to refresh the soil and encourage new growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Corsican mint prefers a high humidity environment, typically around 40-70%. To maintain optimal humidity, it can benefit from regular misting if grown indoors, especially in drier climates.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Corsican mint in bright, indirect light and keep soil moist.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in partial shade, keep moist, and protect from extreme heat.

    • Hardiness zone

      7-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Corsican mint (Mentha requienii) begins its life cycle when seeds germinate in moist, warm soil, usually in spring or summer. Upon sprouting, seedlings establish a root system and produce a low-growing mat of aromatic, small green leaves. Throughout the warmer months, the plant enters its vegetative growth phase, spreading via stolons to cover the ground densely. Corsican mint flowers in late summer, producing tiny, mauve-colored flowers that attract pollinators, which are vital for the plant's sexual reproduction and seed production. After pollination and seed setting, the plant may experience a dormancy period in cooler climates, where growth slows down or ceases and the plant may die back, especially if exposed to frost. In the following growing season, the plant resumes growth from the root system or from new seeds that germinate to continue the life cycle.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • The most popular method of propagating Corsican mint (Mentha requienii) is through division. Propagation is best done in the spring or early fall when the plant is actively growing. To propagate by division, carefully lift the Corsican mint from the ground and gently separate the plant into smaller sections, making sure each section has a good amount of roots attached. These sections can then be replanted into pots with well-draining soil or directly into the garden, spaced about 6 to 10 inches (approximately 15 to 25 centimeters) apart to allow for spreading. Water the new plantings well and maintain consistent moisture until the plants are well-established.