P.nivea.JPG (45852 bytes)Prostanthera nivea var. nivea: is a member of the Lamiaceae (or Mint) family. The species is known as the Snowy Mintbush.
Prostanthera nivea var. nivea is an upright shrub that may reach a height of three metres in the wild. Judicious pruning, of cultivated plants, will keep them to a height of about two metres or less.
Leaves are light green, linear and about four centimetres long. Flowers are white to mauve. Flowering occurs from September to December and is usually profuse.
Prostanthera nivea var. nivea is found in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. The Snowy Mintbush occurs west of Yallaroo on granite outcrops. These plants have pure white flowers. Our specimen has a mauve tinge to the flowers. We bought this plant and do not know its origin.
The Snowy Mintbush could be grown in native garden beds.
Prostanthera nivea var. induta is confined to the Warrumbungle Ranges in central-western New South Wales. We feel that there are enough differences between the two varieties to make Prostanthera nivea var. induta a separate species.
Propagate from cuttings.