Mint Bush, Victorian Christmas Bush, Christmas Bush, Mint Tree, Mountain Lilac.
Prostanthera, from Greek prostheke, appendage, and enthera, anther, alluding to spur-like anther appendage. Lasianthos, from Greek lasios, woolly, and anthera, anther, referring to woolly anthers.
Presence in Australia
Noted in the areas Bowna-Jindera; Yambla and Upper Gilmore. Probably also in similar country in surrounding areas.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, WA.
Rainforest, sclerophyll forest and subalpine woodland, mainly along watercourses and moist gullies.
Shrub to small tree, usually 1-6m high. Bushy crown of aromatic leaves 4-12cm long.
Moist, well-drained soil in shady areas. Tolerates frost.
White to pale-mauve with purple spots, Nov-Mar.
Early to late Jan. Monitor closely as seeds shed immediately or 1-2 days after maturity.
From cuttings of short laterals with heels, Feb to July, or from fresh seed which may give erratic results. Cuttings may be slow to strike. Mist may rot cuttings.
Hard and tough. Saplings used for fishing rods.
Flowers food for native bees and wasps.
Attractive ornamental. Spectacular in flower. Useful screen, although requires protection from strong wind. Benefits from mulching, summer watering and pruning after flowering.