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Calamintha nepeta (Lesser calamint)

Calamintha nepeta Photo/Illustration: Steve Silk


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Calamintha nepeta kal-ah-MIN-thah NEP-eh-tah Common Name: Lesser calamint 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.
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
Tolerance Drought Tolerant
Characteristics Attracts Butterflies; Fragrant Foliage; Self Seeds
Bloom Time Early Fall; Fall; Late Summer; Summer
Flower Color Pink Flower; Purple/ Lavender Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Naturalizing
Style Cottage Garden, Meadow Garden, Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Shrubs

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