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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Botanical Name:Prostanthera melissifolia
Common Name:balm mint-bush
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Plant
Type(s):
Medium Shrub (1 to 2 m), Tall Shrub (2 to 6 m), Indigenous Plant Use, May not be Indigenous to Whitehorse
Indigenous Plant Use:Aromatic leaves can be used to make tea or flavour food.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
Growing
Conditions:
Partial Shade, Shade
Moist, Well Drained
Size
(HxW):
1-3 m x 2-3
Foliage:Pairs of dark green, egg-shaped, highly aromatic leaves 12-50 mm x 9-25 mm, margins toothed, tip blunt
Flowers:Loose terminal sprays of dark mauve flowers, September-December
General
Comments:
A beautiful fast growing shrub which does not like to dry out. Plant near pathways to brush foliage and release mint perfume. Low to medium screen. Prune to maintain denseness.


Further
Information:
  1. Yarra Ranges Council (Victora, close to us)
  2. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA, technical, good photos)
  3. Australian Plant Society (NSW)
  4. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia)
  5. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)


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