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  The Mint Family
 
Salvia Santa Barbara
Salvia leucantha 'Santa Barbara' in Santa Barbara Garden
 
The mint family or Lamiaceae (Labiatae) is a family with at least 180 genera and more than 3,500 different species. Although there is representation throughout the world the primary concentration is in the Mediterranean region. The family is characterized by stems that are square in the cross section, opposite 4-ranked leaves that are often aromatic, irregular 2 lipped flowers arranged in false whorls (verticillasters), and fruit of 4 one seeded nutlets.

Common genera in cultivation include Agastache, Ajuga, Ballota, Coleus, Lamium, Lavandula, Leonotis, Lepechinia, Marrubium, Melissa, Mentha, Monarda, Monardella, Nepeta, Ocimum, Originum, Perovskia, Phlomis, Physostegia, Plectranthus, Prostanthera, Prunella, Rosmarinus, Salvia, Satureja, Sideritis, Stachys, Teucrium, Thymus, Trichostema and Westringia.

The following are some of the mints that we currently grow at San Marcos Growers. Look for this page to be expanding for a long time to come.

Lavender Lavandula species and cultivars at San Marcos Growers. We love our very different collection of Lavenders and there's one for nearly every situation in your garden.
Phlomis Jerusalem Sage (Phlomis fruticosa) is well known but take a look at these other very fine Phlomis species. This group of dry growing mediterranean shrubs is often overlooked.
Rosemary There are many cultivars of Rosmarinus officinalis; some are groundcovers and others large shrubs. Another surprise is the range of flower colors available from white to pink to many shades of blue.
Sage The Salvia at San Marcos Growers. With over 900 species and numerous cultivars and hybrids, it's no surprise that the sages are one of the hottest groups of plants in horticulture. Take a look at some of our Sages.
Westringia These Australian Mint Bushes are great plants in the California Garden.