Lesser calamint

Calamintha nepeta

Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Silk
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Lesser calamint (Calamintha nepeta)
kal-ah-MIN-thah NEP-eh-tah
Synonyms:  C. nepetoides
Genus:  Calamintha
Lesser calamint produces fine, upright stems which are covered with small, shiny, dark green leaves, forming a little bush from 12 to 18 inches tall, and twice as wide. In late August, it produces a cloud of infinitesimal pale lavender flowers that continue blooming for up to six weeks. As the days become cooler, the color of the tiny, lipped blossoms deepens.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  A member of the mint family, it spreads, but is not invasive. Fragrant leaves.
Care:  Site in full sun or part shade and moist but well-drained soil.
Propagation:  Sow seed in containers in spring, or divide in early spring.
Problems:  Powdery mildew.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Fragrant Foliage,
Self Seeds
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Yarrow,
Niagara
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Naturalizing
Style
Cottage Garden,
Meadow Garden,
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Fall Interest
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Shrubs

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