Friday, 10 May 2013

White Mint?

What on earth has happened to my mint. This has popped up in the mint bed. It looks like mint, tastes like mint and smells like mint, but it's white! The rest of the bed is green as green can be. Any ideas?

25 comments:

Connie said...

Hi Fran, looks like you have a mystery to solve . . . put on your Sherlock Holmes hat :)
Have a lovely day.
Connie :)

Tanya @ Lovely Greens said...

Looks really interesting! I'd love to have white mint growing in my garden..so unusual. Let us know if it changes back to green and if not, you should think about taking cuttings form it and getting in touch with a local nursery.

Dc said...

If you click on this link, something similar happened to their mint - v. strange - http://www.helpfulgardener.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=103

Kay L. Davies said...

Maybe you can grow more, and sell it for exorbitant prices, and get your place finished faster.
Just an idea.
I've had mint in my yard any number of times in my life, but it's never been white.
K

Fran said...

Connie - and don't forget the pipe! X

Tanya - if it stays white I will send you some x

Dc - thank you for the link, nice to know I am not alone! X

Kay - great idea, I could become a mint entrepreneur and make a mint! X

Jo said...

How strange, especially when the mint around it is green.

Down by the sea said...

I have't seen apple mint that has completely white leaves. Like your comment of hoping to make a mint!
Sarah x

Fran said...

Sarah - thanks perhaps it is apple mint x

Powell River Books said...

Sounds like you may have your answer. I cut my mint way back. I get to go back to the cabin tomorrow, so I hope to see some growth after our warm spring weather for the last three weeks while I was away. - Margy

Urban_Lake said...

Ooh special mint! It looks very pretty :)

Fran said...

Jo - very peculiar and a bit of a mystery x

Sarah - I couldn't resist the pun and had to get it in somewhere! X

Margy - that's something lovely to look forward to, enjoy your time at the cabin, you deserve it xxx

Urban Lake - it is pretty I just hope it stays that way x

Wee Lass said...

Enjoy it - happens occassionally I've seen it with ginger mint being completely yellow sometimes too! Happy propagating and covering the world in white mint. You'll have to name it something rather fun!

Fran said...

Wee Lass - I've never heard of ginger mint, it sounds intriguing. As to naming mine, perhaps that's a blog competition in the making! X

Emma Louise said...

There is a technical explanation which I don't know, but, it happens in most plants especially those that are propergated to be variagated, there is often reversion to the original solid colour. I'm sure it is an anomaly of the plant world and your mint may show show green eaves and some white. It will be interesting to see how it grows this season :)

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Connie said...

Hi Fran, thanks for the sweet comment that you left about my red-neck-hot-tub. I think that you have a marvelous idea. You could surround it with potted flowers. I can just see you and Pete, kicked back relaxing and watching the other boat traffic sail by :)
Have a great weekend, Connie :)

Fran said...

Emma Louise - I will let you know how it goes, if you remember the technical name let me know and I will also google it xxx

Connie - now that would be something, might give the others something to watch! Xxx

Val Poore said...
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Val Poore said...

Hi Fran, I don't know how I managed to miss your post. I'm so sorry! I didn't know white mint was a rarity, but then I don't know that much about plants…haha…if anyone had asked me what colour mint could be, I would not have known - other than bog standard green :-)
PS The deleted comment was mine. Too many typos :-(

Fran said...

Val - me too and I grow the stuff! Xxx

saving for travel said...

We're just about to dig up the comfrey that has invaded the garden but you've made me think about bees now.

Should we leave it for our buzzy friends?

Sft x

Jo said...

I've grown a variegated mint before and had some parts of the plant come up all white. I've never seen a whole plant white, though. Mentha franii alba??
: )

cityhippyfarmgirl said...

Ooooh, now that is interesting. I wonder if it will just keep growing white?

cityhippyfarmgirl said...

Ooooh, now that is interesting. I wonder if it will just keep growing white?

Fran said...

Aft - absolutely you should, the bees love it and your veggies will love comfrey tea x

Jo - great name! Didn't know you could speak Latin!

Cityhippiefarmgirl - welcome aboard - I will keep you updated x