Evergreen shrub reaching 1.5-4 m high and 1-3 m wide. Prefers regular watering, growing in full sun to light shade. Quick growing and short-lived, usually 7 years. Prune regularly to keep bushy and prolong life. Purple flowers are massed in spring.
Use fresh leaves to make mint sauce or herb butter.
Dried leaves pair well with red meat, eggplant dishes, quinces and rhubarb. Flowers are edible and can be used to garnish salads or savoury dishes.