Ella's Garden Plants from A to Z: Calamintha grandiflora, Showy Calamint ... Large flowered Calamint

Common Name: Showy Calamint ... Large flowered Calamint

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Calamintha

Species: grandiflora

Characteristics of Plant
With proper germination techniques this is a first year blooming plant.

Calamintha grandiflora while a cousin to other mints is different in the fact that it is more of a bushy shrub getting to be about 2' tall and almost as wide that is hardy down to 5F.

During the months of July to Sept. it produces massive amounts of showy purple trumpeted blooms. A nice feature besides the blooms is the aromatic fragrance of the leaves.

Calamintha prefers to have dry to slightly moist soil and once well established is fairly drought tolerant.

Besides being an attractant plant for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, it also has some edible and medicinal properties.

Shortly after blooming it will produce seed for the next month. Seed is somewhat tiny and it is best to use some sort of netting to capture it.

Shop seed from these EG member's stores.
http://www.seedsite.eu

Germination Tips: Seed needs several weeks cold stratification to help in germination.

Life Cycle
Perennial

Zone Hardiness up to
Zone 5
Zone 6
Zone 7
Zone 8
Zone 9

Endangered Species
No

Heirloom
No

When to Sow Seed
Early Spring
Mid Spring

Germination Temperature
Winter Sow

Seed Sowing Depth
1/16"

Seed Needs Light to Germinate
Yes

Days to Germination
14-24 days
40-60 days

Sun Exposure
Full Sun
Part Sun/ Part Shade

Plant Height
1- 2 feet

Plant Form
Upright
Branching

Blooms
Yes

Bloom Form
Above Foliage

Flower Color
Lt. Purple

Fragrance
Mild
Perfumed

Nutritional Needs
Moist

Fertile
Yes

Reproduces By
Seed

Potential Hazzards or Invasiveness
Non-Invasive

Cutting Flower
No

Attractive to Wildlife
Hummingbirds
Butterflies
Bees

Additional Uses
Borders

Image
(Image by starlight1153)
"Calamintha grandiflora ... ( Photo copyrighted to Jonna Sudenius)"
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