Calamintha nepeta

Latin Name: Calamintha nepeta
Common Name: Calamint
Mature Height (ft): 8-12"
Mature Width: 15-20"

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Calamint, a member of the mint family, sparkles with white/pale lavender flowers in late summer into fall. Solid green foliage emits a pleasing mint fragrance. Attracts bees. Sometimes referred to as lesser calamint. Calamintha nepeta spp nepeta covers itself with light blue flowers.

Use in Garden

Low mounding to about 20", it makes a terrific edge of the border plant in the transition zone between your lawn and medium water-use bed. At the front of a medium water-use border either as a single specimen, a group of 3 or 5, or as a border plant along a pathway. Especially attractive in a rock garden or fragrant garden.


Although a member of the mint family, I've had mine for 5 years and it has not spread like mint, nor have I noticed any reseeding. Snip off dead top growth in late winter or early spring.