Peppermint Tree

Origin: South-Western Australia

Family: Myrtaceae
Scientific Name: Agonis flexuosa

Indigenous (Noongar) Names: Wonnil
Folk Names: Willow myrtle, Swan River peppermint, sweet peppermint


Element: Water
Day: Monday
Planet: Neptune
Zodiac: Pisces
Associated Celebrations: VernEx

Parts Used: The leaves, twigs, and gum

Magical Properties: Healing, cleansing, protection, harmony, consecration, balance

Substitutions: Niaouli, tea tree, eucalyptus


Peppermint leaves and gum were used ceremonially by the Noongar people, ans the twigs and leaves were used in smoking ceremonies.

Magical Uses


Active Constituents: Myrcene, a-thujene, and limonene

Indigenous Medicinal Uses:


Peppermint trees are in incredibly popular street tree, both in Perth and around Australia, due to their attractive appearance and ability to grow well in a range of conditions with minimal maintenance.

Indigenous Uses:


Native to the Perth area, Perth suburb Peppermint Grove is named for the peppermint trees that grew abundantly there (along the Swan River).

Type: Tree
Plant size: up to 10-15m
Bark: Fibrous brown bark
Leaves: Narrow leaves up to 15cm long, growing on thin, weeping branches
Flowers: Small, white flowers, tightly clustered along the stems
Fruit: 3-4mm woody capsules containing many small seeds

Etymology: Agonis is from the Greek agon (“a cluster”), in reference to the arrangement of fruits. Flexuosa is Latin for “full of bends”, referring to the zig-zagging stems which change direction at each leaf node.

The “peppermint” refers to the strong peppermint smell of the leaves (particularly when crushed), and it is also known as “weeping myrtle” in reference to its weeping growth, which looks like a weeping willow from a distance.

In the Garden

Type: Evergreen tree
Light: Full sun
Water: Requires some water while becoming established
Soil: Well-drained