Mentha diemenica

Slender Mint

Spreading perennial herb with hairy square stems, suckering to form mats.

Additional information

  • FamilyLamiaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size10-30 cm x 0.5-2 m
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesPairs of aromatic egg-shaped leaves with rounded tips, 6-20 mm x 4-12 mm, shortly hairy below, margins usually entire.
  • Flower colourPurple
  • Flowering timeMost of the year especially November to April
  • FlowersDense clusters of 3-8 lobed flowers on short stalks in the axils of upper leaves. Lower lobe notched to bi-lobed. Calyx densely hairy.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist soil in winter-wet lowlands and floodplains, tolerating inundation for short periods. Full sun to full shade.
  • Garden useUse as a groundcover in moist areas where the aromatic foliage can be enjoyed.
  • Commercially availableSpecialist Australian plant nursery
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from few local sites. Scattered distribution.
  • Aboriginal Use Leaves - food, medicine
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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