Sometimes the term Chocolate refers more to the color of
a plant than the scent of the plant, as in the case of Chocolate Mint
Scented Geranium. This tantalizing plant has a
handsome chocolate-colored vein that runs down the rib of the leaf and fans out into
its fingers. The almost black variegation fades to a rich green as summer progresses, and returns
again each spring. While this is a great-looking plant with a rich minty
fragrance, it does not smell or taste like chocolate.
The potted Chocolate Mint Scented
Geranium above is about three months old. It was started from one of
our three-inch pots. The pot shown holds about 15 gallons of soil and,
as you can see, it is quickly filling up that space. A pot like this
makes a statement and adds interest when set next to an entrance where
it can be easily pet.
This potted Chocolate Mint Scented Geranium was
transferred to the ground in its fourth spring because it was just too
big for a container. While it will die back to the ground here in Zone
8, it is now about four feet in diameter and thriving.