- New Zealand mint is a perennial herb forming loose patches up to 300 mm across.
- Stems are sparse to numerous, very slender, purple to purple-red, and usually much branched.
- Leaves are bright green to yellow-green, 2-15 × 2-15 mm, broad-ovate to suborbicular, and smooth.
- Flowers are axillary (between leaf or branch and stem), fragrant, and solitary or in clusters of 2-3.
Distribution and Habitat
- North, South, Chatham and Stewart Islands
- Coastal to alpine.
- New Zealand mint is a sparse component of grassland and other open places such as cliffs, river banks, lake sides, grey scrub, occasionally in swampy ground.
- Habitat modification by livestock, irrigation, and drainage.
- Weed competition.
- Survey for new locations.
- Mark known sites.
- Protection of habitat.
- Ensure that forest owners are aware of potential habitats and can recognise the species.
- Check existing populations annually.
- Report new locations to DOC.
Further Information and Support
- Weed control - Department of Conservation, Regional Councils.
- New Zealand Plant Conservation Network (NZPCN). http://www.nzpcn.org.nz