Prostanthera_scutellarioides.jpg (62431 bytes)Prostanthera scutellarioides: is a member of the Labiatae family. The genus is known as Mint Bushes. This species is a small to medium shrub said to reach a height of 2.5 metres. Our mature specimens are about one metre tall.

The leaves are linear, pale to mid-green, sometimes curved and up to three centimetres long. Unlike most mint bushes the foliage, of this species, has virtually no perfume.

The flowers are about one centimetre long, pale to deep mauve and form leafy racemes during the spring/summer flowering period. Sporadic flowering may occur at other times. During the peak blooming season plants are generous with their floral contributions. Light pruning after flowering is beneficial.

Prostanthera scutellarioides is a very hardy and colourful Mint Bush. Unlike many of its relatives this species is resistant to wilting during dry spells. Frosts do not bother our specimens.

Prostanthera scutellarioides has a wide distribution and is found in south-eastern Queensland as well as the Central and North Coast and Northern Tablelands of New South Wales.

This Mint Bush propagates readily from cuttings.