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PlantFiles: Mint-shrub
Elsholtzia stauntonii

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Elsholtzia (el-SHOLT-see-uh) (Info)
Species: stauntonii (stawn-TON-ee-eye) (Info)

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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive coriaceous On Mar 13, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

The flowers are showy enough to merit a place in a perennial border, especially given their September bloom time. The leaves are pleasantly aromatic when rubbed or crushed.

Prefers sun and well-drained soil.

The plants in the Arnold Arboretum (Boston Z6a) are never cut back, and stay under 3-4' tall. They have never exhibited any fall foliage color. I suspect they'd look better if they were routinely cut to the ground in spring.

Propagate from softwood cuttings or seed (no dormancy requirement).

Neutral mystic On Nov 11, 2002, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Gets the name Mint shrub from the mint scented leaves.The leaves are green and turn to red in autumn. In late summer and early autumn has small lavender flowers.

Neutral smiln32 On Aug 31, 2001, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Easily grown in average, medium wet, well-drained soil in full sun. Prune in late winter before new growth appears. May be cut to the ground in late winter each year and grown as an herbaceous perennial in somewhat the same manner as buddleia. Fall flowers bloom on new growth of the season.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Richmond, California
Louisville, Kentucky
Chilmark, Massachusetts
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Richmond, Virginia

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