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Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta - Calamint (photo credit: Missouri Botanical Garden)

Perennials

Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta

Calamint

Calamintha nepeta subsp. nepeta is a bushy, rhizomatous, perennial herb of the mint family. It typically forms a dense foliage clump with upright leafy flowering stems with gray-green leaves that are very fragrant when crushed. Lilac to white flowers appear over a long June-September bloom period. Flowers are attractive to bees and other insect pollinators. Leaves may be dried for potpourris or sachets.

Additional:

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Calamint Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Easily grown in dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. May spread in the garden by rhizomes and/or self-seeding to form an interesting ground cover. Shear or cut back plants after flowering to tidy the planting, to remove unsightly foliage and/or to prevent any unwanted self-seeding. 

Height:

12-18 in

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Spread:

12-24 in

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Hardiness Zone:

5 - 7

Characteristics & Attributes for Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta

Exposure
Sun
Soil Moisture Preference
Dry
Average
Moist
Attracts Wildlife
Hummingbirds
Butterflies
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Fall
Summer
Attributes
Fragrant
Naturalizing
Weed Suppressor
Border or Bed
Rock Garden
Dried Flower
Focal Point