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Elsholtzia stauntonii - Caring Guide
Caring for Elsholtzia stauntonii
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.