Prostanthera cuneata – Alpine Mint Bush

A tough evergreen little plant for cooler areas, it grows with a compact habit. It has attractive small round leaves that have a minty fragrance when crushed, due to the presence of oil glands in the leaves. It flowers from summer to autumn, with profuse white flowers with delicate orchid like markings in the flower throat. The flowers are nectar rich and attractive to bees and other insects. It likes a well drained but moist soil.

Family:Labiatae
Scientific Name:Prostanthera cuneata
Common Name:Mint Bush
Other Common Names:Alpine Mint Bush
Plant Type:Small shrub, Ground cover
Height:0.3 ~ 1 metre
Width:0.4 ~ 1 metre
Flower Colour:White, Cream, Yellow, Purple, Mauve
Flowering Time:Summer, Autumn
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Cold climate, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Cool temperate, Cool
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Mound-shaped
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed, Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates heavy frost, Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Hedge, Feature plant, Fragrant, Attractive foliage
Special Uses:Fragrant oils, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies, Other insects

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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