Photo by Melburnian
This wonderfully fragrant member of the mint family is more than just an aromatic to add to your culinary garden. It boasts lovely dark purple tubular flowers in great abundance from spring through fall. These flowers are a magnet to hummingbirds & bees. This foot high & wide perennial is comprised of 2-4” long dark green leaves that exude a pleasing minty aroma. Flowers follow, sprouting nonstop from the junctions of tender branches. With regular water, plants form a dense bush, perfect for harvesting leaves. Ideal for a container. These aromatic leaves can be used in salads, to add zest to summer drinks or to any dish that wants a minty accent. Plant in fertile, well-drained soil in coastal sun or part sun inland. Water regularly during warmer months. On nights that dip below zero, bring plants indoors. Fertilize occasionally to maintain vigor. Deer resistant.