Mentha ×piperita var. citrata (Ehrh.) Briq.

Eau de Cologne Mint

in De Wild. & T.Durand, Prodr. Fl. Belg. 3: 694 (1899) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Somewhat lemon-scented. Leaves generally broad-ovate to broad ellipitc, truncate or very broadly cuneaet, or cordate at base. Inflorescence usually ovoid, of a single dense cluster or with one or two separate pseudowhorls shortly below the main cluster, mostly <3 cm overall.. Flowers mostly Feb.-Apr.

*EGL, *HSF, *VRiv. Also naturalised WA, SA, NSW, ACT. Recorded from margins of watercourses near Portland, Warburton, Wangaratta and Valencia Creek.

Usually a very strong-smelling herb and not much favoured for culinary uses, but occasionally grown for its attributed health, antiseptic and insect repellent properties.

Source: Conn, B.J. (1999). Lamiaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 4, Cornaceae to Asteraceae. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2019-08-26
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Asteranae
order Lamiales
family Lamiaceae
genus Mentha
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Mentha ×piperita var. citrata in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Mentha ×piperita var. citrata in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Riverina present naturalised
East Gippsland Lowlands present naturalised
Highlands-Southern Fall present naturalised