How to Grow Frosted Mint


Frosted mint is a shrub that is native to North America. It can be found growing wild in desert areas in the southwestern states. It is also known as rosemary mint, purple sage, and sand mint. Frosted mint is extremely aromatic and can grow to a height of 3 feet. The leaves of this plant are covered with white hairs, and flowers are lavender in color. It is not prone to disease or pests when grown in its native habitat. This shrub thrives in a sunny location with sandy soil.

Step 1

Select a sunny site with well-drained, sandy soil. Due to the 3-foot mature height of this shrub, place it behind any lower-growing bedding plants.

Step 2

Dig a hole twice the size of the plant container. Remove any stones or roots from the planting hole.

Step 3

Remove the shrub from the container. Loosen the root mass with your hand and place it in the hole.

Step 4

Fill the hole with soil, making sure that the plant is positioned well. Shake time-release plant fertilizer around the plant and water thoroughly.

Step 5

Place mulch around the plant to keep moisture in. Water the plant in the morning hours before the heat of the day. Since this shrub grows wild in desert conditions, it will thrive in a full-sun, sandy location with minimum care, once established.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Fertilizer (time-release)
  • Hose/water
  • Mulch


  • Arches National Park
  • USDA Plant Guides
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Paula M. Ezop’s inspirational column "Following the Spiritual Soul" appeared in "Oconee Today," a Scripps Howard publication. She has published her first book, "SPIRITUALITY for Mommies," and her children's chapter book, "The Adventures of Penelope Star," will be published by Wiggles Press. Ezop has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern Illinois University and has been writing for 10 years.