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Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta
Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta
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Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta

Dwarf Calamint

USDA Zone: 4-9

Plant number: 1.108.150

Calamints are close cousins to the garden mint, but without the nasty spreading habit. This selection forms a perfect mound of mint-scented leaves, absolutely smothered by small, very pale lilac flowers from midsummer until frost. Highly rated as an edging or rock garden plant with an extremely long season of interest. A good choice also for mixed containers. Clumps may be easily divided in early spring. In regions with humid summers this sometimes benefits from a hard clip back in August, to rejuvenate the leaves. Tolerates both dry and moist soils. Attractive to butterflies.Chosen as the 2021 Perennial Plant of the Year by The Perennial Plant Association.

Further details for
Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun or
  Partial Shade
Soil Type
  Normal or
  Sandy or
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
  Average or
  Dry or
Care Level
Flower Colour
Blooming Time
  Mid Summer
  Late Summer
  Early Fall
  Mid Fall
Foliage Color
  Grey Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Alpine & Rock
  Attracts Butterflies
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Drought Tolerant
  Ground Cover
   20-30 cm
   8-12 inches
   30-45 cm
   12-18 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate
Disclaimer: This information is presented for reference only. This plant is not currently part of our Heritage Perennials lineup.