Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia

Australian Botanic Garden




Prostanthera rotundifolia

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - September

Common name round-leaved mintbush
Scientific name Prostanthera rotundifolia R.Br.
Family  Lamiaceae
Etymology

Genus: From Greek prostheke; an appendix and anthera; an anther, referring to the appendage on the stamens.

Species: Referring to the round shape of the leaves.

Distribution Occurring from south-eastern Queensland along the Great Dividing Range to the Grampians in western Victoria, and into Tasmania.
Native habitat Grows in sheltered sites in sclerophyll forest, on margins of rainforest, in woodland, often in rocky areas, in sandy to sandy-loam soils
Description

A dwarf to medium shrub, with purple flowers.

Flowering/fruiting Flowers in spring.

Location in Garden

You can see this species scattered throughout our Fruit Loop, near Melaleuca House Cafe.

 

It needs moderately well-drained soils in a semi-shaded to full sun position. Plants are frost hardy and respond well to pruning or clipping, they can be used as a low hedge. The highly aromatic foliage and pretty mauve flowers makes it a very decorative garden plant.

 

 

 

Prostanthera rotundifolia - Photographer: Tracey Armstrong

Prostanthera rotundifolia - Photographer: Tracey Armstrong

Prostanthera rotundifolia - Photographer: Tracey Armstrong