Prostanthera_cryptandroides.JPG (106872 bytes)Prostanthera cryptandroides: is a member of the Lamiaceae family and is a native Mint Bush.

Prostanthera cryptandroides is a small shrub with sticky, young growth. Leaves are elliptic to ovate, up to one centimetre long and very aromatic.

Flowers are up to 1.5 centimetres long, white to pale lilac with a purple-spotted throat. Flowering is often profuse and conspicuous. Flowering occurs between September and April.

There are two subspecies: subspecies cryptandroides is found in the Central Tablelands and Central Western Slopes of New South Wales. This subspecies is considered to be vulnerable because this Mint Bush occurs in restricted areas.

Subspecies euphrasioides has a much wider distribution and is found from Northern Queensland to Northern New South Wales.

The specimen illustrated, now growing in our garden, is probably Prostanthera cryptandroides ssp euphrasioides. The plant is in a well-drained site in full sun.

Light pruning will keep plants dense and flowering profusely.

Propagate from cuttings.