Prostanthera cuneata ‘Cool Mint’ – Mint Bush

 

A compact and shapely small shrub which grows to around 70 centimetres high and wide. It has small and attractive shiny dark green foliage which compliments the purple throated white flowers. When crushed it gives off an aromatic minty fragrance. It flowers from summer through to autumn, and they are nectar rich. Likes a sunny to partly shaded position in moist and well drained soil. Very frost tolerant. Plant near paths so the foliage fragrance can be enjoyed. Tip prune if needed. Good for low hedging.

Family:Lamiaceae
Scientific Name:Prostanthera cuneata
Cultivar:Cool Mint
Common Name:Mint Bush
Plant Type:Small shrub
Height:0.5 ~ 0.7 metres
Width:0.5 ~ 0.7 metres
Flower Colour:White, Purple
Flowering Time:Summer, Autumn
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Cottage garden, Cold climate, Coastal garden
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Cool
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Mound-shaped
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates heavy frost, Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Topiary, Border plant
Special Uses:Fragrant oils, Erosion control, 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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