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|
|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|
|Soil Moisture:||Moist moderate drainage, Boggy poorly drained|
|Plant Usage:||Groundcover, Border plant|
|Special Features:||Edible, Tea, Fragrant oils, Fast growing, Playground friendly|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Butterflies, Other insects|
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