Native river mint (Mentha australis) - spearmint flavour
Another form of Mentha australis, this narrow leaf form seems to retain more leaves in winter and has a slightly different aroma & taste than the broader leaf form.
This narrow leaved form is similar to spearmint.
Australia's own native mint, this plant makes an aromatic hot herbal tea or a chilled summer drink in a jug with ice. The traditional Indigenous Australian use of this plant is to relieve headaches, by crushing and inhaling the leaves of this plant. It can also be used to relieve a stuffy nose. I grow this plant on my nature strip in Melbourne (see sign in pictures) so its easy to share!
NOTE: Native river mint, Mentha australis, is deciduous in colder weather, so plants will have few leaves when purchased between May and September. Plants can be left unpruned until new leaves sprout in spring, or you can cut off half the height, retaining the stems and last leaves to use fresh or dried as tea, in cooking, etc.
Native River Mint - (Mentha australis)
•Up to 30 cm high, sprawling, deciduous herb
•Prefers full sun.
•Reasonably drought tolerant once established.
•Deciduous in winter
•Prune whole plant by half in winter to keep plants bushy.
•Fresh leaves are delicious in tea, salads, fruit salads.
Dried leaves and stems can be ground and used in baking paired with chocolate, or used to make marinades for tofu or meat.
Plant orders are shipped via express post early in the week so the plant arrives in the best possible condition and is not left over the weekend in a transport depot.
Please unpack as soon as possible and water well.
Note: due to quarantine restrictions we are unable to post plants to Tasmania, NT and WA.