Prostanthera ovalifolia – Oval Leaved Mint Bush

Oval Leaved Mint Bush makes a spectacular feature shrub for the garden when it is smothered in purple flowers in spring. Place it near outdoor entertaining areas so that the strong minty fragrance of the leaves can also be enjoyed as people rub against the plant or if there is a shower of rain. It can be a bit unreliable, particularly if the plant becomes waterlogged for any length of time. Give it a light trim after flowering to ensure the best possible flowering for the following year. It is a fast growing plant, and can be cut back by a third if a dense habit is required. It wilts when dry, making it a good indicator plant for dry soil. Watering will restore the plant to vigour.

Scientific Name:Prostanthera ovalifolia
Family:Lamiaceae
Common Name:Mint Bush
Other Common Names:Oval Leaved Mint Bush
Plant Type:Small shrub, Large shrub
Height:1.5 ~ 5 metres
Width:1.5 ~ 4 metres
Flower Colour:Purple
Flowering Time:Spring
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Flower garden
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Propagation Method:Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Screen, Windbreak, Fragrant
Special Uses:Erosion control, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies, Other insects

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Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertilizer for this plant.

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