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Prostanthera ovalifolia

oval-leaved mint bush

A medium to large sized shrub growing to 2.5m in height and 1.5m in width. Foliage is aromatic and dark green on top with grey-green undersides. Large sprays of purple flowers are produced in spring.
originNSW, Qld.
cultural notesA fast growing shrub that prefers moist, well drained soils in a partly shaded position.
maintenanceShould be pruned after flowering to maintain shape and encourage new growth.
toleratesFrost tolerant, moderately drought tolerant.
flowering seasonSpring.
flower colourAbundant purple flowers in sprays. In a good season the flowers can almost obscure the foliage.
foliage colourThe leaves are small and dark green. They are oval in shape but can vary in width to be quite broad or narrow. Foliage is aromatic.
widthup to 1.5m
heightup to 2.5m
plant spacing50cm apart
recommended usesThe most common of the mint bushes. Attractive when in flower. Good along paths where aroma is released when brushed against.

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