Prostanthera aspalathoides (Mint Bush)

Prostanthera aspalathoides (Mint Bush)

Prostanthera aspalathoides (Mint Bush)

Prostanthera aspalathoides, (Mint Bush)  is another mallee heath plant found in western Victoria and in the mallee in dry areas of South Australia. It is a pretty shrub in flower and red and yellow forms are found in some areas.

This photo was taken in Little Desert National Park. It grows in the mallee sands and there- fore needs good drainage. The occasional trim after flowering is useful for keeping the bush compact. Nectar feeding birds, like Honeyeaters, love the nectar filled flowers.

This is a species that grows in acid to highly alkaline soil, and is drought and frost hardy. It is suitable for second line coastal planting, and grows to .7m high.

Prostanthera aspalathoides, yellow form (Mint Bush)

Prostanthera aspalathoides, yellow form (Mint Bush)

 

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