Ella's Garden Plants from A to Z: Elsholtzia ciliata, Kinh Gioi, Vietnamese Mint or Balm

Common Name: Kinh Gioi, Vietnamese Mint or Balm

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Elsholtzia

Species: ciliata

Characteristics of Plant

Although said to be hardy to z5, is often grown as an annual; fast-growing with full sun, warm temps

Said to like moist soil, gravelly and/or rocky exposures. Since this one is so widely grown throughout Asia, India and North America, this gardener suspects it's not too fussy.

Characteristics: Imparts lemony flavorto tea, fish, chicken, salads, soups & has medicinal uses

Germination Tips: Germinate with Light, ~70*F, within 2-4 weeks

Life Cycle

Zone Hardiness up to
Zone 5

Seed Needs Light to Germinate

Days to Germination
14-24 days
24- 30 days

Sun Exposure
Full Sun

Plant Form


Bloom Form
Above Foliage

Flower Color
Lt. Purple


Reproduces By
Stem Fragments

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