Calamintha nepeta

Lesser calamint

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Lilac

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by John Glover, copyright GAP Photos (46160)

Plant details

Although rather large for most rock gardens, lesser calamint is a good plant for a dry sunny border as, once established, the plants are fairly drought tolerant - self-sown seedlings are particularly self-sufficient. The neat aromatic foliage and the long flowering season - from mid summer well into autumn - of its airy lilac flower spikes make it a very useful companion for plants such as penstemon, Artemisia schmidtiana 'Nana' and lavender which enjoy similar conditions.

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Calamintha

Species: nepeta

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Lilac

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 45cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Time to divide plants: March to April


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