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The Striped Mint Bush (Prostanthera striatiflora) is a shrub found growing up to 2 m high and is part of a group of ‘mint bushes’ whose leaves are highly aromatic.

It flowers in late winter to spring, when the shrub are covered in clusters of white flowers, appearing towards the end of the branches. The flowers throat open to reveal prominent purple-striped and orange-yellow dots on the lower side.

Aboriginal people use the plant as bush medicine to relieve cold and flu symptoms by crushing the leaves and using the extract as rubbing medicine and to dry out sores. They also burn the leaves to make inhaling smoke to treat flu-like symptoms.

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Clade: Tracheophytes
  • Clade: Angiosperms
  • Clade: Eudicots
  • Clade: Asterids
  • Order: Lamiales
  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • Genus: Prostanthera
  • Species: P. striatiflora
  • Binomial name: Prostanthera striatiflora