A constituent of Cape Lowland Freshwater Wetlands and South Peninsula Granite Fynbos, this perennial herb has creeping underground rhizomes and fresh long green leaves. It is commonly found near streams and in marshes as it loves to keep its feet wet. Flower stems bear many small pale purple or white flowers that are a real hit with visiting bees and butterflies!
Most mints are aromatic and this species is no exception; brush past it in your garden and your nose will be filled with the richest peppermint scent. As well as smelling wonderful, it has the sweetest flavour…add it to a jug of iced water and lemon…or try it with a pink G&T for a refreshing summer drink, or with hot choc when it’s chilly. It can even be used for medicinal purposes: a tea brewed from the leaves can relieve coughs, colds and headaches.