Prostanthera incana, Velvet Mintbush
Prostanthera incana is known as the Velvet Mintbush and is a small to medium shrub that reaches a height of 1.5 metres in our cold climate garden.
Leaves are two centimetres long, oval, dull green, aromatic with a velvety appearance (hence the common name). Leaf margins have rounded teeth.
Flowers are one centimetre long, lilac, pink or sometimes white and carried in clusters. Blooms are conspicuous, copiousand appear in late spring and summer. Both foliage and flowers are attractive features. After flowering a light prune is appreciated.
Prostanthera incana is found in coastal and tablelands regions of New South Wales.
The species name means grey or hoary.
The type specimen was collected in the Warragamba area, NSW in the early 1800’s.
As with all Mint Bushes, this species propagates readily from cuttings.
Warren and Gloria Sheather