Lesser calamint: Calamintha nepeta ssp. Glandulosa

This very aromatic, hardy herbaceous perennial belongs to the family of the Labiatae and grows in the temperate regions of the northern hemisphere. It spreads by means of creeping rhizomes. The leaves of some of the species are used for medicinal purposes and as herb tea. The lesser calamint is an aromatic, bushy plant with an erect habit and oval, often serrated, dark green leaves. In summer it bears loose spikes of blue flowers that are white in the ‘White Cloud’ variety. The species owes it name to its similarity to catmint (Nepeta). C. grandiflora has violet-pink flowers. This undemanding herbaceous perennial is ideally suited to the rock garden and flower beds as well as window boxes. It is also good for under planting in containers on balconies and terraces. It tolerates sun but prefers shade. The soil should be rich in humus and be kept moist at all times. It can be raised from seed or propagated by division in spring.

10. July 2017 by admin
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