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Slender Native Mint Mentha Satureioides Seeds
Packet of 50+ home grown seeds!
We are lucky enough to have this guy both in our lawn and all through the surrounding bush.
It took me ages to track down a name and for a few years all I knew was that it wasn’t any of the more common mints, not even the other native mint Mentha australis.
It smells amazing when you hit it with the mower and I would love to have the entire lawn made up of just this fella.
Turns out it is Mentha satureioides and it contains even more menthol than pennyroyal!
We use it as a tea, both hot or cold, or we add it to yogurt and icecream.
Spicy curry, sour yogurt, and and the refreshing mint flavor are an awesome match together and that’s my favourite way of all to enjoy it.
I much prefer it to the boring supermarket stuff and I reckon it looks prettier too with it’s masses of white flowers.
Like standard imported Mint it spreads by underground suckers, but unlike those guys that can’t survive in our rocky dry soil, this guy loves it.
It does best in Winter when competition from grasses is lower, but it does flower and drop seeds all year round here and I can always find a handful or two if I go for a wander in the scrub around the house.
The underground suckers are much smaller and it forms a tight matt making it a very unruly and neat looking clump.
It is native to the Aussie states of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, and I can’t see why it wouldn’t be at home in any herb or bushtucker garden in the country?
It grows from seeds very easily but they are super tiny and the best way to get them established is as follows.
Get a clear plastic takeaway container and fill it with fine sandy soil.
Sprinkle the tiny seeds on the soils surface and tap the container to settle the soil.
Give them a couple quick mists with a squirt bottle and wack on the lid.
Open it every now and then and make sure it stays moist inside, but don’t drown the seeds.
After a month or two they should be ready to plant out into bigger pots.
Now you can just surface sown in large pots and keep well watered and that works great too, but just keep and eye on them if you use that method as all it takes is one hot day while they are super small, and they will dry to a crisp and die.
The seeds are super tiny and there is pretty much 50% seeds+ 50% leaf matter that I can’t be bothered sorting out.
This will not effect germination at all.
It’s a bloody great plant, far superior to the other native mint Mentha australis, and for that reason alone it should be more widely grown as a table herb and ornamental groundcover.
Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!