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Calamintha grandiflora - (L.)Moench.

Common Name Large-Flowered Calamint
Family Lamiaceae or Labiatae
USDA hardiness 5-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Damp woods and scrub, often on limestone[187].
Range S. Europe.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (3 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (2 of 5)
Care (info)
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Calamintha grandiflora Large-Flowered Calamint


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Summary

Bloom Color: Pink. Main Bloom Time: Mid summer. Form: Spreading or horizontal.


Physical Characteristics

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Calamintha grandiflora is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 5. It is in flower from July to September, and the seeds ripen from September to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, insects.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

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Synonyms

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Ground Cover;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Condiment  Tea

A sweet and aromatic herb tea is made from the leaves[183]. Very refreshing. The leaves are harvested as the plant comes into flower and are dried for later use[244]. Leaves - used as a flavouring. A pleasant mint-like fragrance and flavour[183].

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Medicinal Uses

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Aromatic  Diaphoretic  Expectorant

The leaves are aromatic, diaphoretic and expectorant[244]. An infusion is used in the treatment of jaundice, nervous complaints, convulsions and cramps[244]. A warm poultice of the leaves may help soothe bruises and rheumatic pains[244].

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Other Uses

Plants can be used for ground cover, planted about 45cm apart each way they form spreading clumps[208].

Special Uses

Attracts Wildlife  Ground cover  Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Ground cover, Rock garden, Woodland garden. Prefers a well-drained soil and a sunny position[208]. Succeeds in any good soil in sun or partial shade[187]. Established plants are drought tolerant[190], preferring a soil on the dry side[208]. The plant is pleasantly fragrant when bruised[187]. The flowers have a delicious minty scent[245]. Plants often self-sow in gardens if they are well-sited[208]. Special Features: Attractive foliage, Edible, Fragrant foliage, Not North American native, Invasive, Suitable for dried flowers.

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. Only just cover the seed. Germination usually takes place within 2 weeks at 21°c. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse. Plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer if they are large enough, otherwise plant them out the following spring. The seed can also be sown outdoors in a dry soil in April[244]. Division in spring or autumn[244]. Very easy, larger clumps can be planted direct into their permanent positions. It is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are well rooted before planting them out in the summer. Basal cuttings in May or June[244]. They should be rooted in a sandy compost[245]. Harvest the shoots when they are about 10 - 15cm long with plenty of underground stem. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Calamintha nepetaLesser CalamintPerennial0.6 5-9  LMNDM322
Calamintha sylvaticaCalamint, Woodland calamintPerennial0.6 5-9  LMSNDM32 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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