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Prostanthera ovalifolia ‘Variegata’

Mint bush

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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Prostanthera ovalifolia 'Variegata'
  • Common name: Mint bush
  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • Plant Type: Herb, Shrub
Flower colour:

Pink

Foliage colour:

Green

Australian mint bush (or simply mint bush), Prostanthera ovalifolia is a bushy evergreen shrub with oval, mint-scented leaves and beautiful pink-purple spring blooms. ‘Variegata’ has pretty variegated leaves, which contrast beautifully with its flowers.

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Tender, mint bush is best grown in the greenhouse or in containers on a sunny, sheltered patio where it can be taken indoors in winter.

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While not specifically used as a culinary herb, the fresh, mint-flavoured leaves of mint bush may be steeped in boiled water to drink as a refreshing tea.

How to grow Prostanthera 'Variegata'

  • Plant size

    100cm height

    80cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front, middle

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Harvest
Harvest

Do not Harvest in January

Do not Harvest in February

Do not Harvest in March

Do not Harvest in April

Do not Harvest in May

Do Harvest in June

Do Harvest in July

Do Harvest in August

Do Harvest in September

Do not Harvest in October

Do not Harvest in November

Do not Harvest in December

Prostanthera 'Variegata' and wildlife

Prostanthera 'Variegata' is known for attracting bees. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Prostanthera 'Variegata' poisonous?

Prostanthera 'Variegata' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People