A genus of 7 species of perennials native to both the Old World and the New. Among them is one of the outstanding plants for the late-summer and fall garden. It's called Calamintha nepeta nepeta, and its wiry, 18″ stems present a cloud of dainty, lavender-and-white flowers that start blooming in August and continue without pause until frost, sometimes past. The leaves are a soft mid-green that always looks fresh. When crushed, they give off a rush of tart, minty fragrance that works like smelling salts on a hot day. For that reason alone, Calamintha is a fine choice for the front of borders, where a pinch is always at hand. This amazing plant thrives in any well-drained, sunny location and shrugs off heat and drought (afternoon shade is recommended in the warmer reaches of Zone 9 in the West). We've yet to find a color or shape that it doesn't look perfectly natural with. As you can tell, we're nuts about Calamintha.
For more information on the growing and care of Calamintha, click Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
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babs from Indianapolis IN
I use Calamintha in a semi-circle around a large garden statue in a formal garden, where it takes care of itself, is always buzzing with bees and is also a huge butterfly magnet. Even with midwest torrential downpours it never flops. I love this plant and have grown it for years.
Garden Mom from Alexandria, VA
Planted 3 of these this spring in a wavy row. Despite weeks of 95+ heat, they have thrived and are now a foot and a half tall and in full bloom, providing a nice airy note. They look like a little river of tiny white flowers in the air. Plus, neither the deer nor the bunnies nor the woodchuck has bothered them. I will definitely be ordering more next spring.
Florini fine artist from Beverly, MA
A landscaper brought me two to try at the front of a seaside border with very large mugo pines behind and they were so special --looking white and airy (never flopping even in stiff winds and rain) from far and a soft lavender when walking in the garden. I will plant more and recommend them.
Latin Name Pronunciation: kal-uh-min'th
Full sun (afternoon shade is recommended in the warmest reaches of Zone 9 in the West) and well-drained soil. Drought tolerant. Has shrubby tendencies. Leave the fine, twiggy stems up over winter to catch light snowfalls. Cut back to live wood in spring. In the South, plants may look tired after the first wave of bloom; cut to the ground in midsummer for a fresh crop of bright green leaves.