Lamiaceae (family name)
Forage for pollinators: Produces Nectar and Pollen, attractive to a range of Bumblebees, and to a lesser degree Honeybees, other bees and Butterflies. The flowers are pollinated by Bees and attracts wildlife.
Flowering time: July, August, September
Growing information: EVERGREEN SHRUB growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.6 m. Hardy to minus 17ºC it prefers light, dry soils. Grows well as a free-form specimen, but is commonly grown as a dwarf hedge around herb gardens, or knot garden. Space the plants 10 inches (25cm) apart. This is an easy plant to establish and may flower in their first year, growing quickly and can be trimmed back into shape in late winter or spring, but will generally need to be replaced every 3 or 4 years as they can become woody and leafless. Leaves and young shoot tips can be eaten raw or as a flavouring in soups, salads with a strongly aromatic flavour, a cross between sage and mint. The plant should not be used by pregnant women.