Calamint

Calamintha grandiflora 'Variegata'

Photo/Illustration: 
C. Colston Burrell
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Calamint (Calamintha grandiflora 'Variegata')
kal-ah-MIN-thah gran-di-FLOR-ah
Synonyms:  Clinopodium grandiflorum
Genus:  Calamintha
A well-behaved perennial from the mint family (Lamiaceae), variegated calamint has pale-green, oval leaves with strong white marbling. It sends up a wealth of clear-pink tubular flowers that muster an army of bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds from mid- to late summer. It’s eye-catching both in and out of bloom and has a wonderful minty fragrance all season long.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Resilient plant that does well in heat and drought. Self seeds true to the cultivar.
Care:  Plant in dappled shade in moist but well-drained soil.
Propagation:  Sow seed in container in spring, or divide in early spring.
Problems:  Powdery mildew.

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Self Seeds,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Flower
Foliage Color
Variegated Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container
Style
Rock Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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