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Georgia Calamint Clinopodium carolinianum

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Clinopodium georgianum
Phonetic Spelling
klin-oh-POH-dee-um kair-oh-lin-ee-AY-num
Description

Georgia Calamint is a perennial shrub in the mint family native to the southeastern U.S.A. It is rated critically impaired in NC and is found in the piedmont, sandhills and coastal plain. The shrub grows 1-2 feet tall and wide and has clusters of pretty tubular purple flowers July to September. Cut the plant back after flowering to prevent legginess. It is hardy to 19 degrees F.

This plant grows in well-drained sandy soils with a substrate pH of 8-10. It prefers sun to partial shade and can be grown in containers.

Habitat: Longleaf pine sandhills, dry rocky or sandy woodlands

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#hummingbirds#showy flowers#fragrant flowers#drought tolerant#purple flowers#native perennial#NC native#coastal plant#food source fall#food source nectar#food source pollen#container#butterfly friendly#Coastal FACU#audubon
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#hummingbirds#showy flowers#fragrant flowers#drought tolerant#purple flowers#native perennial#NC native#coastal plant#food source fall#food source nectar#food source pollen#container#butterfly friendly#Coastal FACU#audubon
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Clinopodium
    Species:
    carolinianum
    Family:
    Lamiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southeastern U.S.A.
    Wildlife Value:
    This plant attracts hummingbirds, bees and butterflies.
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Heat and drought tolerant.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Perennial
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8a, 8b, 9b, 9a
  • Fruit:
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Schizocarp
    Fruit Description:
    Displays from August to October.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Produces panicles of fragrant, light purplish-pink tubular flowers with dark spots on the lower lobe from July to September.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Dark green ovate leaves with toothed edges
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Square
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Container
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Native Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought
    Dry Soil