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Elsholtzia stauntonii - Caring Guide

Caring for Elsholtzia stauntonii

Mint bush

E. stauntonii is an attractive deciduous subshrub from China with mint scented leaves. It can grow up to about 5ft with a rather smaller spread and is therefore a popular plant in a shrub border, aromatic or herb garden. We use it a lot in our border designs.

It is perfectly hardy with us in Cornwall although it is a plant which you must hard prune when dormant down to about 12-18in on all its stems to encourage vigorous strong new growth and more flowers in the next season. Like all ‘mints’ it needs a good tidy up.

The leaves are toothed and lance shaped with an ovate or elliptic shape. From August on into autumn it produces terminal panicles or racemes – 4-8in long of small purple-pink flowers which are attractive to late season butterflies. The leaves turn a fine red in the autumn.

This is a plant for full sun and propagation is easiest from softwood cuttings set in summer.

Elsholtzia  stauntonii click for larger image
Elsholtzia stauntonii
Elsholtzia  stauntonii click for larger image
Elsholtzia stauntonii
Elsholtzia  stauntonii click for larger image
Elsholtzia stauntonii
Elsholtzia  stauntonii click for larger image
Elsholtzia stauntonii
Elsholtzia  stauntonii click for larger image
Elsholtzia stauntonii
Elsholtzia  stauntonii click for larger image
Elsholtzia stauntonii

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