Poliomintha longiflora

Poliomintha longiflora

A bushy perennial that typically grows to 3-4’ tall and as wide in ideal conditions, but smaller elsewhere. A bushy plant clad with smooth, shiny, oblong, aromatic, semi-evergreen leaves (to 1” long). Leaves are typically used as a culinary herb like oregano, but they produce a stronger flavor. Slender lavender-pink tubular flowers bloom in summer and fall.

Pronunciation: po-lee-oh-MIN-tha lon-jee-FLO-ruh

Species Meaning: Long flower

Poliomintha longiflora is native to southwestern U.S. and Northen Mexico.

Cultivation Notes

Best grown in rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Thrives in hot and humid climates. Tolerates part shade especially in hot climates. Also tolerates brief periods of drought. Responds well to pruning.

 

In Our Garden

Plant ID: P23069

We acquired this plant from Turtle Bay Nursery.

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Poliomintha

Species: longiflora

Commonly known as: Mexican Oregano, Rosemary mint

Height: 3ft to 5ft

Spread: 3ft to 5ft

Growth Habit:
Flowering
Perennial
Sun Needs:
Full Sun
Part Shade
Part Sun
Soil Type:
Well-drained
Season of Interest:
Summer
Dormancy:
Winter
Zone:
Zn8a - down to 10F

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