Lesser calamint (Calamintha nepeta) is a perennial herb of the Mint family.
Lesser calamint is a perennial shrub, forming a compact mound of shiny, green oregano-like leaves. The flowers are lavender pink. The plant reaches a height of 18 inches. The lesser calamint smells like a cross between mint and oregano. It attracts honeybees and butterflies. Lesser calamint usually grows in the Summer, and well into the Fall. It can become dormant in the winter months, then reblossom in spring. In fall, the flowers fall to the ground and will self seed. Seedlings will flower in late August. Lesser calamint often grows wild, but can also kept in pots. The average life expectancy of a Lesser Calamint plant is 3–4 years. It is susceptible to powdery mildew.
Lesser calamint is used in borders. It is also as a spice in the Italian cuisine where it is called mentuccia, nipitella or nepitella.
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