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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)

Category:

Shrubs

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Violet/Lavender

Purple

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Deciduous

Aromatic

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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

Richmond, California

Louisville, Kentucky

Chilmark, Massachusetts

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Richmond, Virginia

Gardeners' Notes:

1
positive
2
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

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

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

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.