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Calamintha nepeta is a bushy, rhizomatous, perennial herb of the mint family that is native to Europe and the Mediterranean region. It typically forms a dense, indefinitely spreading, foliage mat with upright leafy flowering stems rising to 12-18" tall. Ovate, gray-green leaves to 3/4" long are very fragrant when crushed. Tiny, tubular, two-lipped, lilac to white flowers appear in axillary spikes over a long June-September bloom period. Flowers are attractive to bees.
Excellent edging plant for walks, patios or herb gardens. Also effective when sprawled over low retaining walls or in containers. Rock gardens or border fronts. Good informal ground cover.
TRN696 Nepitella ( Calamintha nepeta )
(Lesser calamint) A regional favourite in Tuscany where it is added to mushroom dishes and green vegetables for its distinctive minty flavour. Sauteed zucchini or mushrooms with fresh nepitella, tomatoes, and garlic is served with roast or boiled meat dishes.
Perennial zones 5-10.
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