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Calamintha nepeta (Lesser calamint)

Beginner
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
0.5m
Max height
0.75m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Calamintha nepeta

Other names

Lesser calamint, Thymus minus, Clinopodium nepeta, Basil thyme

Genus

Calamintha Calamintha

Species

C. nepeta - C. nepeta is a compact, erect, aromatic, deciduous perennial with ovate, hairy, shallowly toothed, dark green leaves and branched cymes of tubular, two-lipped, mauve or pink flowers in summer.


Calamintha nepeta is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Leaves smell strongly of mint.

Habit

Upright, Compact, Clump-forming

Flower

Mauve, Pink in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Pruning

Cut to the base in autumn.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Calamintha nepeta (Lesser calamint) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.75m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Flavouring food and drinks, Beds and borders, Gravel

Cultivation

Grow in humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Attracts bees.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Calamint looks good in with other grey-leaved plants as a gentle colour contrast. Plant with quiet herbs, such as rosemary, rue and hyssop.

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Calamintha nepeta

Other names

Lesser calamint, Thymus minus, Clinopodium nepeta, Basil thyme

Genus

Calamintha Calamintha

Species

C. nepeta - C. nepeta is a compact, erect, aromatic, deciduous perennial with ovate, hairy, shallowly toothed, dark green leaves and branched cymes of tubular, two-lipped, mauve or pink flowers in summer.

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Leaves smell strongly of mint.

Habit

Upright, Compact, Clump-forming


Colour

Flower

Mauve, Pink in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn

General care

Pruning

Cut to the base in autumn.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Calamintha nepeta (Lesser calamint) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.75m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Flavouring food and drinks, Beds and borders, Gravel

Cultivation

Grow in humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Attracts bees.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Calamintha nepeta (Lesser calamint)

Common pest name

tomato thrips

Scientific pest name

Ceratothripoides brunneus

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Thrips present in Africa; the Caribbean and parts of Asia; frequently intercepted in the UK. Can cause significant damage to tomatoes and other crops in countries where it is present. Europe wide PRA will consider its potential to establish and cause damage.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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COMPANION PLANTS

Calamint looks good in with other grey-leaved plants as a gentle colour contrast. Plant with quiet herbs, such as rosemary, rue and hyssop.

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

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