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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Botanical Name:Mentha australis
Common Name:australian mint , river mint , wild mint
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Ground Cover (up to 30 cm), Low Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Bird Attracting, Insect Attracting, Indigenous Plant Use, May not be Indigenous to Whitehorse
Indigenous Plant Use:Leaves can be used to make tea, and also to treat coughs and colds.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Shade
Moist, Wet
80 cm x 1 m
Foliage:Pairs of mid to dark green aromatic, lance-shaped to ovate leaves with pointed tips and serrated margins, 12-60 mm x 8-20 mm, hairless or shortly hairy especially below.
Flowers:Dense clusters of 3-12 white, pink flowers on short stalks in the axils of upper leaves. Calyx densely hairy, September-March
Soft, spreading to erect, often suckering, perennial herb with hairy or hairless, purple-tinged square stems. Birds are attracted to the insects. Frost tolerant. An aromatic plant for moist areas, beside pools and planted amongst ferns.

  1. Whitehorse Council
  2. Australian Native Plants Society
  3. Yarra Ranges Council (Victora, close to us)
  4. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA, technical, good photos)
  5. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia)
  6. NatureMapr (Canberra)
  7. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)

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