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Elsholtzia stauntonii

mint bush

A deciduous, open sub-shrub. Sharply toothed, mint-scented, dark green leaves turn red in autumn. Slender spires of pale purple flower in late summer to autumn

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Size
Ultimate height
1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Chalk
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Purple Pink Green
Autumn Purple Pink Red
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Lamiaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Elsholtzia is a genus with around 40 species of annuals, perennials and semi-evergreen or deciduous shrubs and subshrubs. Known primarily for their aromatic foliage, they also produce slender racemes of tubular flowers.

Name status

Correct

Plant range
N China

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in any well-drained soil in full sun, mulch with well-rotted organic matter and use a general fertiliser such as Growmore or Vitax Q4 in early spring

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Pruning group 6 - cut back old shoots in early spring

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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