I have been fascinated with square stemmed plants for as long as I can remember, and just recently decided to do some research about the family they come from. I’ve noticed my most favorite plants come from the Lamiaceae family – or the Mint family. This plant family is closely related to the Verbenaceae family, including verbena. Lamiaceae family has
square stems as well. The Lamiaceae family contains about 6900 – 7200 species of plants…. some of my favorites include:
You’ll find each of these herbs, and all of the plants from the Lamiaceae family, have not only square stems that are easy to snap off for culinary uses, but also fragrant leaves that grow whorled in shape. All flowers are bisexual and reproduce vigorously and with ease.
These plants are great for landscape and garden planting. All (except for the coleus) are very easy to grow, grow fast and require little care or cultivation. These make wonderful additions to any garden, especially if you need quick fillers for a difficult spot in your garden. Buy them small because they will grow and spread fast throughout the year.
Other than herbs (mint especially…) my absolute favorite plant in the Mint family are Salvias. This really deserves a much longer, more passionate post (which you will get at some point), but for now here are some examples of beautiful salvias. They grow fast, fairly easy and reward you with flowers from late spring to mid winter. And again, salvias share the same family attributes such as fragrant leaves, profuse flowers, and square stems.