Prostanthera ovalifolia variegata – Variegated Mint Bush

A novel variegated form of the Mint Bush, this plant has strong visual and olfactory appeal. The dainty purple flowers appearing in spring contrast well with the downy soft variegated foliage. Place this somewhere in the garden where you can appreciate the refreshing, light scent emitted by the leaves. It also looks striking when planted next to dark foliage.
Prune lightly after flowering to maintain dense shape.

Family:Lamiaceae
Scientific Name:Prostanthera ovalifolia variegata
Common Name:Mint Bush
Plant Type:Small shrub, Large shrub
Height:1.5 ~ 2.5 metres
Width:1 ~ 1.5 metre
Flower Colour:Purple
Flowering Time:Spring
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Poolside, Container growing, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Open foliage, Spreading, Variegated
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Propagation Method:Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting, Hardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Hedge, Topiary, Screen, Windbreak, Fragrant, Attractive foliage
Special Uses:Fragrant oils, Erosion control, Pollution tolerant, 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. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it 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 an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.