On the George Washington Botany Project: The Corsican Mint Update


In which The Gay Recluse becomes increasingly obsessed with Corsican mint.

We were worried that our Corsican mint wouldn’t come back this year.

So we bought some more!

But then it did come back, just as we were told it would.

Some obsessions are obviously more benign than others.

Of all the groundcovers we introduced into the garden, Corsican mint (Mentha requienii) has attained a particular affection for us. Although it has thrived in several places in the garden, it is most spectacular in the crevices of our stone wall, where it seems to have grown with a true sense of purpose and deliberation, a quality so often lacking in less disciplined plants (and you know who you are!). Its translucent lime leaves provide a beautiful contrast to the darker hues of the surrounding stone — a warm gray — the deep greens and silvers of the conifers and the burned reds of the brick path. Our only fear is that with a hardiness level of Zone 7, it may not survive the New York City winter; but we will not think of that now, and instead imagine a spring marked by tiny fields of Corsican mint, and the even more microscopic blooms that will hover above it like infinite stars on a clear night.

The Gay Recluse, September 2007


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