Mints develop their best colors and flavors when grown in the sun like this
Chocolate Mint. There are two growth phases for mints, at first,
in early spring, the stems head up to make flowers. After flower
production, the horizontal runners take off and cover a lot of distance in
a short time. Bees and Butterflies love mint flowers.
As you can see the Chocolate Mint flower opens from the bottom up. The
green pods on the left are bracts that have already dropped their flowers.
The tip will continue to elongate and flower.