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Calamintha nepeta ssp nepeta

Calamint - 2021 Perennial Plant of the Year

Native to Southern Europe to Great Britain


Excellent for for pollinators as it flowers the entire summer into fall.  Masses of flowering stems shade out weeds.  Fragrant foliage.  Tolerant of drought, shallow rocky soil, with medium salt tolerance.  Sheer back foliage after flowering to tidy up the plants and prevent seeding.  Does not perform well in hot summer climates below zone 7.  


12-18 in


12-24 in


18-24 in

USDA Hardiness Zone:

5 - 7

Bloom Color:


Calamintha nepeta ssp nepeta Characteristics

Attracts Wildlife

  • Pollinators
  • Butterflies


  • Fragrant
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Cut Flower
  • Clay Soil
  • Rock Garden
  • Naturalizing
  • Long Blooming


  • Full Sun

Flowering Months

  • September
  • August
  • July
  • June

Growth Rate

  • Fast

Salt Tolerance

  • Medium

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring

Soil Moisture Preference

  • Dry to Moist

Plants that work well with Calamintha nepeta ssp nepeta ''

Becky shasta daisy Becky shasta daisy (Leucanthemum × superbum 'Becky')

Substitutions for Calamintha nepeta ssp nepeta

Blue Cloud lesser calamint Blue Cloud lesser calamint (Calamintha nepeta 'Blue Cloud')
White Cloud lesser calamint White Cloud lesser calamint (Calamintha nepeta 'White Cloud')
Catmint Catmint (Nepeta racemosa 'Walker's Low')