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Tea from the mighty minty Micromeria

April 30, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Micromeria brownei is a native ground cover that Dee Century, of the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, grows on her porch to make mint tea. Commonly known as Creeping Charlie or St. John's Mint, it is easier to grow year-round than the more common mints. Found on the banks of the St. Johns River, it grows in part shade to sun as long as it is always moist. The square-stemmed wet-footed plant is available at SCCF's Native Landscape and Garden Center, at 1300 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel. On May 23, SCCF will host a program on the mint at 10 a.m. There will be a tea-making demonstration using fresh leaves, along with taste tests of Creeping Charlie and other iced teas. Participants can build their own container tea garden. Cost is $10; reservations required. To register or for more information, call 239-472-1932.

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