Mentha suaveolens 'Variegata',
This is a highly ornamental, fragrant, useful herb, all owing to its green-and-cream variegated leaves. A great choice for gardeners looking to combine the ornamental and edible gardens into one. Deer resistant; attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds.
Foliage of leaves are variegated, green with cream edges and markings. They are oval in shape, with a puckered, wrinkled texture.
Tubular flowers are white or light pink flowers held in upright, columnar clusters, in summer.
Spreading perennial to 2 feet tall and at least as wide.
Grow in full sun for most compact habit; tolerates some shade. Prefers moist, well-drained soil but adaptable to other soils and fairly drought tolerant once established.
Pinch back stems regularly (or harvest for use in teas and baking or as garnish) to encourage a bushy shape and promote new growth, which has the strongest fragrance. If stems with plain green stems appear, clip them off—all the way back to their starting point—to discourage the plant from reverting to its parent, the all-green M. suaveolens, or apple mint. As plants become woody, remove them to allow younger plants to fill in. Deer resistant. Zones 5–11.