Mentha australis – River Mint

A low growing perennial with edible scented foliage that has various culinary uses. Can be grown in sun or shade, but needs regular watering to be at its best. It can be leggy, but responds well to pruning if well grown. It can sucker and grow through the bed, if this is a problem it does well in containers or with some form of root barrier.

The leaves have a fresh minty flavor and can be used for teas, and in recipes where exotic mint is used, such as salads, sauces etc.

Family : Lamiaceae
Cultivar Name:
Plant Type : Ground cover, Clumping perennial
Width : 1
Flowering Time : Summer, Autumn
Soil Type : Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Climate Zone : Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Mediterranean
Growth Habit : Evergreen, Spreading
Soil Moisture : Moist moderate drainage, Boggy poorly drained
Special Uses : Edible, Tea, Fragrant oils, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Scientific Name: Mentha australis
Common Name : River Mint
Height : 0.7
Flower Color : White, Mauve
pH Level : Acid, Neutral
Plant Environment : Courtyard, Container growing
Light : Sunny, Light shade, Half shade, Heavy shade
Lifespan : Perennial
Frost Tolerance :
Attracts Wildlife : Bees, Butterflies, Other insects