Elsholtzia stauntonii is native to northern China and was introduced to England at the beginning of the 20th century by John George Jack (1861-1949) a botanist at Harvard University's Arnold Arboretum. It's a great addition to the list of plants with remarkable autumn flowering.
Elsholtzia stauntonii belongs to the vast Lamiaceae family, whence its common name of “mint shrub”. It is aromatic and pollinator-friendly, which makes it very attractive to the nectar foragers! Placed in the right spot, this plant can grow up to 1.5 metres in height and produces bouquets of mauve-pink flower spikes at the tips of its stems. It grows in a similar way to Perovskia atriplicifolia and Caryopteris. In winter, the stems are dry and bare, but you only need to prune at the beginning of spring.
In the garden you can happily combine the mint shrub with autumn flowering perennials such as Japanese anemone, Aster, Kalimeris, Kniphofia, Agastache), or varieties with colourful autumnal foliage such as Andropogon or Miscanthus sinensis 'Ghana'.
Grow preferably in full sun or light shade in ordinary soil. It can grow it chalky soil and withstand temporary drought, but it does not like heavy, clay soils that are damp in winter. Very hardy (Zone USDA 6)
Synonymous : Aphanochilus stauntonii (Benth.) Kudô
A little sulk... ... it can be a headache to spell its name correctly on a label!!! Elsholtzia is a genus close to the mints and includes some 36 species mainly found in India and China. It should not, however, be confused with the Eschscholzia genus, which includes the fabulous Mexican poppies!
Elsholtzia stauntonii Benth.
revue Horticole, vol 86 - (1914)
- 0,7 litre pot
Semis direct en pleine terre- Hardiness zones : zone 6-10
- Height: 130 to 150cm
- Plant spacing: 70 cm
- Flower colour: pink
- Flowering period: autumn flowers
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