Calamintha nepeta subsp. nepeta

A great addition to a naturalized wildlife garden, with tall spikes of small white flowers that are loved by bees. Spreads freely by rhizomes or by reseeding. Use as an informal groundcover, or allow to spill over rock walls. Aromatic foliage can be dried for potpourris. Herbaceous perennial.
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Full sun

Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.


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Botanical PronunciationCal-ah-MIN-thuh NEP-eh-tuh
Average Size at MaturityQuickly reaches 12 to 18 in. tall, 12 to 24 in. wide; spreads wider over time.
Bloom TimeLate Summer to Early Fall
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Mediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitSpreading
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Erosion Control, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Naturalized Areas
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureNaturalizes Well
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater when top 2 inches of soil is dry.

Easily grown in dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils. Shear or trim back after flowering to tidy the plant and remove any unsightly foliage. Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season. Does not perform well in hot, humid areas.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-7

Your USDA Cold Hardiness Zone: 8

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