Plant DetailShow Menu

Clinopodium nepeta

Previously known as:

  • Calamintha nepeta
Description

Lesser Calamint is a mint-family short-lived perennial herb that, while native to the Mediterranian and parts of Iran, is naturalized in areas of Mexico and the US.  In NC it is primarily found in the Piedmont. The leaves are pleasantly fragrant when crushed with a minty-lemon scent. The tubular flowers occur in loose clusters of white, pink or lavender from mid to late summer until frost.

Use this plant in cottage gardens, borders, rock gardens or as a ground cover in well-drained sandy to rocky soils in full sun. 

Stems may root at nodes where they touch the ground, or the plant may spread by rhizomes or self-seed. Powdery mildew may be a problem with heat and humidity.

 

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fragrant flowers#drought tolerant#edible plant#perennial#fragrant leaves#cottage garden#herb garden#deer resistant#lavender flowers#herbaceous perennial#groundcover#rock gardens#edible garden#border front#container
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fragrant flowers#drought tolerant#edible plant#perennial#fragrant leaves#cottage garden#herb garden#deer resistant#lavender flowers#herbaceous perennial#groundcover#rock gardens#edible garden#border front#container
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Clinopodium
    Species:
    nepeta
    Family:
    Lamiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Edibility:
    Leaves can be used as an herb for flavoring or as tea. The sent is a mix of mint and oregano.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Herb
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Mounding
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    2-3 rays/petals
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Multiple tiny two-lipped white, pink or lavender flowers are born on upright leafy stems up to 18 inches
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Ovate gray-green leaves with a minty-lemon fragrance when crushed
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Rock Wall
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Edible Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Poor Soil
    Problems:
    Short-lived