aspalathoides: is known as the Scarlet Mint Bush and is a member of
the Lamiaceae family in company with the Westringias.
The Scarlet Mint Bush is a small shrub with short, linear leaves. The foliage
is aromatic and light green in colour. The tubular flowers are two centimetres
long and may be red, pinkish-red and orange or rarely cream. The flowers,
regardless of colour, are eye-catching and attract honeyeaters.
The Scarlet Mint Bush is one of a few species that have the two lobes on the
calyx of equal length. Most Prostantheras have one lobe larger than the other.
Also, in this small group, the flowers are more tubular than
Prostanthera aspalathoides occurs in western New South Wales as well as
drier areas of Queensland, Victoria and South Australia.
One well-known native plant expert maintains that the Scarlet Mint Bush is
difficult to maintain in cultivation. We beg to differ. The specimens, in our
gardens, have proved to be extremely durable. They are drought resistant and
Their main flowering period is in spring and summer. Our plants often flower
sporadically at other times
The Scarlet Mint Bush would be an ideal addition to rockeries and native
cottage gardens. The species may also be grown in a container.
Propagate from cuttings.