Prosinduta.JPG (23252 bytes)Prostanthera nivea var. induta: is a member of the Lamiaceae family in company with the exotic culinary mints. Prostantheras are commonly known as Mint-bushes. Prostanthera var. induta is a rare species with limited distribution. Warrumbungle National Park is the principal stronghold of this attractive Mint-bush. The species has no common name but could be called the Warrumbungle Mint-bush.
Prostanthera nivea var. induta is a medium shrub with open growth habit and large, dark mauve flowers that appear in spring and extends into summer. This Mint-bush differs from most other species because the foliage has virtually no perfume. The beauty of the flowers more than compensates for this minor deficiency.
Prostanthera nivea var. induta is one of our favourite Mint-bushes. Not only for the floral display but because we have fond memories of the species when we lived and worked in the Warrumbungle National Park. Near our home there was a rocky ridge that was covered in the Warrumbungle Mint-bush. In spring and early summer this ridge was a blaze of colour.
We try not to be “botanical splitters”, but feel that this variety should be given species status. The other variety, Prostanthera nivea var. nivea has sparse growth habit, different foliage that is aromatic and white flowers.
The Warrumbungle Mint-bush would be an ideal plant for shrubberies and native hedgerows.
The variety propagates readily from cuttings.