Mints are a confusing, promiscuous lot, readily hybridizing and taking over our gardens. There are many cultivars that change the look of the species slightly, yours may have slightly differently coloured flowers or leaves than those described here, but the main features will be, essentially , the same.

They have great medicinal and culinary properties and are great friends.

I’ll be posting pics of each type of mint I can find as they flower, for the colour, arrangement and position of the flowers are important guides to telling them apart.

Mints are creeping plants with a strong smell, square (usually hairy) stems and underground runners. leaves are in opposite pairs.

Each photo will have a description in its caption.

Don’t forget to check back, as this is a work in progress…

A family with a garden near Gawler where we experiment with sustainability.

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