Desi Arnaz bush mint is a hybrid between two native shrubs of different genera (Clinopodium and Conradina). This unintentional union produced a plant with stellar landscaping qualities that make it a must-have plant for southern gardens.
- Compact habit
- Deer resistant
- Bumblebee favorite
- 18 in. tall and 24 to 36 in. wide
- Mint-scented leaves with lavender-colored flowers
- Hardy in USDA hardiness zones 7, 8, and 9
Flowering begins mid-September in central North Carolina and continues for up to six weeks.
How to grow
For best results, plant in an area with well-drained soil and at least six hours of direct sun. Even though its parents are native to sandy soil, we’ve had great success growing this plant in clay soil that drains reasonably well.
Care and maintenance
Plants are carefree and only require a light trimming in the spring to remove last season’s flower spikes.
Where to plant
At the front of flower beds and in smaller gardens where its compact habit will not overshadow other plants. In the southeast, native shrubs that are evergreen and low-growing are not very common, so it’s exciting when a plant comes along that offers year-round interest, wildlife value, and is easy to grow.
When to plant
Between spring and fall is the best time to plant bush mint. For adventurous gardeners in colder climates who want to test its hardiness, we recommend planting in spring through mid-summer so it gets established before winter.
If planting in a group together, space plants around three feet apart.
When will my plant flower?
Plants are flowering size and will bloom in the fall if purchased before September.
Native habitat and range
x Clinadina ‘Desi Arnaz’ is an intergeneric hybrid between Clinopodium georgianum and an unidentified species in the genus Conradina. Both parents are native to dry, sandy soil and are found growing at scattered locations across the southeastern United States.
Source and origin
A special thanks to Dale Batchelor of Gardener by Nature for sharing this special plant with us. The original plant was discovered in the garden of Woodlanders Nursery in Aiken, SC. Plants are propagated and grown from cuttings here at the nursery.
|States||Cost per order|
|AL, DE, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, and WV||$12|
|AR, CT, FL, IL, IN, LA, MA, MI, MO, MS, NH, RI, VT, and WI||$14|
|IA, KS, ME, MN, OK, and TX||$16|
|CO, NE, ND, and SD||$18|
Sorry, we can't ship plants outside of the continental United States or to AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NM, NV, OR, and WA due to agriculture restrictions.When will my order be shipped?
All plants are shipped from our nursery in central North Carolina. We ship on Monday and Tuesday so your plants don't get held up over the weekend. Orders placed after Sunday may (especially in spring) be shipped the following week.How will my plants get delivered?
Almost all orders are shipped via UPS Ground. Occasionally we'll use USPS Priority Mail for very small orders.Are your plants shipped in their containers?
Yes, all our plants are shipped in their growing containers. The dimensions are 4.5 inches wide by 5 inches deep and 32 fl. oz. or 946 ml in volume.Do you guarantee your plants?
We guarantee our plants to be healthy, ready for planting, and correctly named. We are not able to guarantee whether a plant will grow in your garden as there are too many circumstances that are beyond our control.
On rare occasions, a plant shipped dormant may fail to emerge from its dormancy. If this happens, please let us know.
If you are concerned about a plant, please contact us within 14 days to let us know. If we can’t help you make it grow, we’ll send you a new plant or issue a refund.What about sales tax?
We propagate our own plants and are not required to collect North Carolina sales tax.Where can I find information about your plants?
Here are some FAQ on how we grow plants.