Thursday, February 2, 2012

Elsholtzia

Elsholtzia

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Elsholtzia stauntonii ( Chinese Mint Shrub )
A woody based, bushy perennial, reaching up to 5 x 4 feet in size.
The minty-fragrant, toothed, lance-shaped leaves, up to 6 inches in length, are mid-green.
The abundant, purplish-pink flowers are borne on panicles, up to 8 inches in length, during late summer and fall.
Hardy zones 4 to 8 ( with deep winter mulch in 4 ) in full sun to partial shade on just about any fertile, well drained soil. Cut back to near ground level during late winter before new growth begins. Propagation is from softwood cuttings taken during summer.

'Alba'
White flowers, otherwise identical to species.

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