3 years to reach maturity
This plant has a strong fragrance
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Lesser Calamint Overview
Clinopodium nepeta is a bushy perennial species from the Lamiaceae family. It is commonly known as Lesser Calamint and often misnamed as Calamintha nepeta. It forms a compact mound of shiny, green oregano-like leaves. The leaves smell like a cross between mint and oregano, they may be used as a spice in Italian cooking, where it is referred to as mentuccia, nipitella or nepitella. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!
Common problems with Lesser Calamint
How to harvest Lesser Calamint
Harvest leaves and flowers throughout the spring and summer. Catch seed in bags placed over the flowers at the end of the flowering period. Or place flowers in brown paper bag to allow to dry.
How to propagate Lesser Calamint
Selfseeds in autumn when seeds are released from the seed capsules.
Special features of Lesser Calamint
It grows well in containers, but increase watering when grown in pots. The drainage is important. Place pots in areas away from the heat of the day.
Attracts useful insects
Other uses of Lesser Calamint
Leaves and flowers are edible and often used in Italian recipes.