CALAMINT

FAMILY: Lamiaceae | GENUS: CALAMINTHA

TYPE
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Moderate Water

Plant Details

Prized for minty foliage used to make tea, and for long-blooming clusters of two-lipped flowers. Plant near a garden path where you can brush against the leaves and savor their scent. Calamints need well-drained soil.

large-flowered calamint

calamintha grandiflora

  • Zones US, MS, LS, CS; USDA 6-9.
  • Native from Mediterranean region to Iran.
  • Creeping rhizomes produce a clump to 2 feet tall and wide, with slender stems and 112 inches pink flowers in summer.
  • Better with some shade.

lesser calamint

calamintha nepeta

  • Zones US, MS; USDA 6-7.
  • Native from Mediterranean region to Great Britain.
  • Slow growth to 112 feet high, 212 feet wide.
  • Many tough, slender stems grow outward, then erect.
  • Upper portion of the plant carries a profusion of 12 inches pale lilac-to-white flowers in late summer and fall.
  • Calamintha n.
  • nepeta is a bit larger and more vigorous, with slightly larger flowers.
  • Montrose White grows 12-15 inches tall and wide and blooms nonstop from early summer to fall.
  • Blue Cloud has light blue flowers.

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