It is stronger tasting than regular peppermint.
It is a perennial, growing 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 cm) tall, with red stems and dark green leaves tinged with purple.
It needs moist soil to grow in.
It can be used raw in salads or as a garnish, or in cooking.
Dried leaves can be used for tea.
Black Peppermint has a higher oil yield than any other mint, so it is used commercially for distilling peppermint oil from, though its oil is not considered as good quality as peppermint oil which has more menthol.
Black Peppermint is used in folk medicines, though there are advisories against its use by pregnant women. It is considered stronger in active ingredients than white peppermint.