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Prostanthera ovalifolia 'Variegata' (v)

variegated thousand flowered mint bush

P. ovalifolium 'Variegatum' is a bushy shrub with upright stems and small, aromatic, lance-shaped leaves of greyish-green edged with a narrow creamy margin. Sprays of small, trumpet-shaped, pinky-purple flowers are produced in late spring and early summer

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Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
10–20 years
Ultimate spread
0.5–1 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Purple Cream Green Variegated
Summer Purple Cream Green Variegated
Autumn Cream Green Variegated
Winter Cream Green Variegated
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H3
Botanical details
Family
Lamiaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Prostanthera are bushy evergreen shrubs with small, dark green, highly aromatic leaves and terminal panicles or racemes of cup-shaped white blue or purple flowers in late spring or early summer

Name status

Not established

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow under glass in a loam-based compost in full light. In frost-free areas grow outdoors in moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Prune after flowering; hard pruning may be detrimental

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Patio and container plants
  • Mediterranean climate plants
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

Pruning group 8

Pests

May be susceptible to glasshouse red spider mite and glasshouse whitefly

Diseases

May be susceptible to honey fungus in gardens where it is present but insufficient data to determine degree of susceptibility

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