Mentha australis – River Mint

A low growing perennial with edible scented foliage that has various culinary uses. Can be grown in sun or shade, but needs regular watering to be at its best. It can be leggy, but responds well to pruning if well grown. It can sucker and grow through the bed, if this is a problem it does well in containers or with some form of root barrier.

The leaves have a fresh minty flavor and can be used for teas, and in recipes where exotic mint is used, such as salads, sauces etc.

Scientific Name:Mentha australis
Family:Lamiaceae
Common Name:River Mint
Plant Type:Ground cover, Clumping perennial
Height:0.4 ~ 0.7 metres
Width:0.3 ~ 1 metre
Flower Colour:White, Mauve
Flowering Time:Summer, Autumn
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Courtyard, Container growing
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade, Heavy shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Moist moderate drainage, Boggy poorly drained
Plant Usage:Groundcover, Border plant
Special Uses:Edible, Tea, Fragrant oils, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies, Other insects

Neutrog Bush Tucker & medal

Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertilizer for this plant.

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