PLANT OF THE WEEK
It smells like mint but is it? The leaves are round or sometimes oval or even pointy.
Australia does have a wide variety of endemic mint bushes.
There are 90 species all of which originate somewhere in the bush, but how well does it do in your garden?
I'm talking with Adrian O’Malley, qualified horticulturist and native plant expert.
Prostanthera comes from the Greek for an appendage because inside the flowers are small spur-like appendages on the anthers.
These minty plants are bushy, evergreen shrubs, usually with strongly aromatic leaves.
- Mint bushes often wilt when they badly need a water, particular in the summer months.Because of this, they are excellent "indicator" plant for the rest of the garden.
Good pot plant also. Feed with a good native fertiliser, watering in afterwards to avoid leaf or root burn.
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