Australian Mint Bush Prostanthera 'Poorinda Ballerina'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
mint bush 'Poorinda Ballerina'


Prostanthera 'Poorinda Ballerina', more commonly known as the mint bush, is characterized by its dense and bushy appearance. Its foliage consists of small, aromatic leaves that are bright green and have a slightly rounded shape, which makes the plant lush and vibrant. The mint bush produces an abundance of flowers that create a spectacular display of color during its blooming season. The flowers are tubular, delicate, and often come in shades of mauve to light purple with spots inside the throat, giving it a very ornamental look. These blossoms are not only striking in appearance but are also attractive to a variety of pollinators, including bees and butterflies. The plant's overall form is compact, with branches that create a full appearance, and it emits a pleasing minty fragrance when the foliage is brushed or crushed.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Poorinda Ballerina Mint Bush, Variegated Mint Bush

    • Common names

      Prostanthera 'Poorinda Ballerina'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      There is limited specific information available on the toxicity of the Prostanthera 'Poorinda Ballerina', commonly known as Australian mint bush, to humans. This plant is not widely known to be toxic to humans. However, as with any plant, individual allergies or sensitivities can occur. If ingested, it is generally advisable to be cautious and monitor for any adverse reactions and seek medical attention if any concerning symptoms arise.

    • To pets

      The Australian mint bush is generally not known to be toxic to pets. However, given the broad range of plant species and the varying sensitivities of different animals, it is prudent to prevent pets from ingesting plants. If a pet ingests this plant, watch for any signs of gastrointestinal upset or allergic reactions, and consult with a veterinarian if any symptoms occur.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      3 feet (0.91 meters)

    • Spread

      3 feet (0.91 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Prostanthera 'Poorinda Ballerina', commonly known as Mint Bush, has vibrant purple flowers that attractively contrast its green foliage, enhancing garden aesthetics.
    • Fragrance: The Mint Bush emits a pleasant, minty fragrance which can add sensory enjoyment to a garden or landscape.
    • Wildlife Attraction: The flowers of the Mint Bush can attract beneficial pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and birds to the garden.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, the Mint Bush has a degree of drought tolerance, making it suitable for xeriscaping and low-water-use gardens.
    • Ease of Care: This plant is relatively low-maintenance, requiring minimal care once established, making it a good choice for both novice and experienced gardeners.
    • Privacy Screen: Due to its dense growth, Mint Bush can be used as a privacy screen or hedge in residential landscapes.
    • Climate Adaptation: The plant is well-suited to a variety of climates, particularly in temperate regions, allowing for use in diverse geographic locations.
    • Cultural Significance: Indigenous to Australia, the Mint Bush can be a choice for gardens focusing on native plants and landscape authenticity.
    • Versatility: This species can be grown in containers, borders, or as a focal point in gardens, proving its versatility in landscape design.
    • Seasonal Interest: The Mint Bush tends to bloom profusely in spring, offering a seasonal display of vibrant color when many other plants may not be in bloom.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Decorative crafts: The slender stems and small leaves of Prostanthera 'Poorinda Ballerina', commonly known as Mint Bush, can be used to create intricate and fragrant wreaths or centerpieces for special occasions.
    • Essential oil production: Though not common, the leaves can potentially be harvested and distilled to produce a unique essential oil for use in aromatherapy or perfume blending for its minty fragrance.
    • Natural pest repellent: The plant's strong scent can be utilized to repel certain insects and pests naturally in gardens and outdoor living spaces.
    • Culinary garnish: While it's not typically used for consumption, the aromatic leaves could be used as a decorative and scented garnish for certain dishes, adding a minty aroma before serving.
    • Floral arrangements: Fresh sprigs of the Mint Bush can add texture and a refreshing scent to floral bouquets and arrangements.
    • Educational tool: This plant can serve as a specimen in botany classes to study the characteristics of the Lamiaceae family or Australian native flora.
    • Photography: With its delicate flowers and foliage, the Mint Bush can act as an engaging subject for botanical photographers and plant enthusiasts.
    • Creative dye source: The leaves may be used to experiment with natural plant dyes, producing potentially unique colors for fabrics or fibers.
    • Theme gardens: Prostanthera 'Poorinda Ballerina' can play a role in a themed garden, such as a sensory garden, due to its pleasant touch and aroma.
    • Soil stabilization: In landscape projects, the Mint Bush can help with erosion control on slopes due to its root system stabilizing the soil.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Australian Mint Bush is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Australian Mint Bush is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    Unfortunately, the specific plant Prostanthera 'Poorinda Ballerina', commonly known as the Mint Bush, does not have a well-documented list of symbolic meanings as it is a specific cultivar and not a widely recognized symbol in traditional cultures or folklore. However, if there were any symbolic meanings associated with the Mint Bush more generally, they would typically be extrapolated from the properties and cultural perceptions of mint plants overall. Mint plants are often associated with several symbolic meanings based on their sensory qualities and uses in various cultures. Please note that the following symbolic meanings are for mint plants in a broad sense and may not be specifically recognized for Prostanthera 'Poorinda Ballerina'.

    • Refreshment: Mint is known for its cool and refreshing scent, often symbolizing freshness, renewal, and revitalization.
    • Hospitality: In ancient times, mint was used to clean and deodorize the home, symbolizing hospitality and welcoming guests.
    • Healing: Mint has been used in traditional medicine for its purported healing properties, symbolizing health and recovery.
    • Vigor: The robust and resilient nature of mint, which grows easily and can become invasive, symbolizes vigor and strength.
    • Protection: Some folklore suggests that mint has protective qualities, symbolizing spiritual protection and purification.

Every 1-2 weeks
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Mint Bush 'Poorinda Ballerina' likes to be kept evenly moist but not soggy. During the active growing season in spring and summer, water the plant thoroughly once the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch, which may be approximately once a week, depending on climate conditions. Ensure that the pot has good drainage to avoid waterlogged soil, which can lead to root rot. During winter, reduce watering frequency to every two weeks or less, as the plant requires less moisture while dormant. Each watering session should involve pouring water evenly around the base of the plant, using about half a gallon for a medium-sized pot to ensure that the entire root ball is moistened.

  • sunLight

    Mint Bush 'Poorinda Ballerina' requires a location that receives full sun to partial shade for optimal growth. An ideal spot would be one where the plant is exposed to direct sunlight for at least 6 hours per day. However, in hotter climates, some afternoon shade will help protect the plant from intense heat. The best light conditions for this plant include bright, indirect light or a spot with morning sun and dappled afternoon light.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Mint Bush 'Poorinda Ballerina' grows best in temperatures ranging from 50 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. It can tolerate temperatures as low as 30 degrees Fahrenheit but should be protected from frost to prevent damage. The ideal temperature for this plant is a mild, temperate climate without extreme heat or cold, ensuring robust growth and flowering.

  • scissorsPruning

    Mint Bush 'Poorinda Ballerina' should be pruned to maintain shape, encourage bushier growth, and remove spent flowers or damaged stems. Prune lightly after the flowering season, which typically ends in early summer, to stimulate new growth and prepare the plant for the next blooming cycle. Selective pruning throughout the year can help to manage size and shape, but avoid heavy pruning as this can reduce the number of flowers.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Australian Mint Bush prefers well-drained, sandy to loamy soil with a slightly acidic to neutral pH of 6.0 to 7.0. For optimal growth, a soil mix consisting of two parts loam, one part sand, and one part compost or peat moss is recommended to provide good drainage and fertility.

  • plantRepotting

    The Australian Mint Bush should be repotted every 2-3 years or when it has outgrown its current pot. It is best to do this in the spring or early summer to give the plant time to re-establish in the warmer months.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    The Australian Mint Bush thrives in moderate humidity levels. It is tolerant of dry air but prefers a range of 40-60% relative humidity for optimal growth.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light and water moderately.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in well-drained soil, full sun to partial shade.

    • Hardiness zone

      8-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Prostanthera 'Poorinda Ballerina', also known as the mint bush, begins its life cycle as a seed which germinates to form a small seedling. After the seedling establishes roots and develops its initial leaves, it enters a phase of vegetative growth, expanding its root system and stem and producing more complex leaf structures. As it matures, the mint bush enters a flowering stage, typically in spring or early summer, during which it produces small, attractive flowers that attract pollinators. Following pollination, the flowers develop into fruit that contain seeds, completing the reproductive cycle. The plant then enters a period of dormancy, particularly in colder climates, where growth slows or stops during the cooler months. The mint bush may live for several years, continuously repeating its growth cycle with periods of active growth, flowering, and dormancy until it reaches the end of its natural lifespan.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The most popular method of propagating Prostanthera 'Poorinda Ballerina' or Australian Mint Bush is through softwood cuttings. This is typically done in the spring or early summer when the plant's growth is most active. To propagate, a healthy, non-flowering stem is selected and a cutting approximately 3-4 inches (7.5 to 10 centimeters) long is taken just below a node. The lower leaves are removed and the cut end may be dipped in rooting hormone for better success. The cutting is then placed in a well-draining soil mix and kept moist but not waterlogged. A warm environment and indirect light facilitate rooting, which usually occurs within a few weeks. Once the cuttings have established a good root system, they can be transplanted into individual pots or the garden.