Calamint - lesser - Calamintha nepeta


  • Height: Grows to 40cm
  • Type: Hardy
  • Aspect: Sun
  • Soil: Any / Alkaline
  • Flower colour: blue
  • Flowering period: From July - September

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Calamint (calamintha nepeta) is closely related to the mint family, along with plants such as catnip and catmint. It is a perennial herb with strongly aromatic hairy leaves and beautiful tubular flowers that appear between July and September and attracts bees and insects. It grows to between twelve and eighteen inches and makes a compact bush in a sunny well drained spot in the garden. During the middle ages it was cultivated as a medicinal herb to help reduce fevers, induce perspiration and help remove phlegm. It was also thought to help strengthen the stomach and ease colic. It also stimulates the uterus and is not recommended during pregnancy. It can be used as a culinary herb and is popular in parts of Italy where it is used with game, mushrooms, courgettes, and tomatoes.