Clinopodium ascendens

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Clinopodium ascendens
Lamiaceae - Clinopodium ascendens.JPG
Flowers of Clinopodium ascendens at the Civico Orto Botanico di Trieste
Scientific classification
C. ascendens
Binomial name
Clinopodium ascendens
(Jord.) Samp.
  • Calamintha ascendens Jord.
  • Satureja ascendens (Jord.) K. Moly

Clinopodium ascendens, the common calamint[1] or ascending wild basil,[2] is a perennial plant belonging to the family Lamiaceae.[3]


Clinopodium ascendens grows to about 30–60 millimetres (1.2–2.4 in) in height. This perennial rhizomatous herbaceous hemicryptophyte plant has stalked leaves and an erect hairy stem with tall flowering spikes. It produces pinkish or bluish flowers with spots on the white lower lip. They bloom from July to September.[4][5]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

This species is a temperate Europe element.[4] It occurs on dry, calcareous soils in hedges, roadsides, grasslands and rocky grounds.[4][5]


  1. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  2. ^ "Clinopodium ascendens". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 17 January 2016.
  3. ^ Biolib
  4. ^ a b c Online Atlas of the British and Irish flora
  5. ^ a b Dorset Nature[permanent dead link]