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Calamintha

Calamint

Perennials

Favored for minty foliage used to make tea, and for long-blooming clusters of two-lipped flowers. Plants need well-drained soil and, in coldest zones, winter protection. Can self-sow, but is not aggressive like related mint.

Calamintha grandiflora (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)
Calamintha grandiflora (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)

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Calamintha grandiflora

Native from the Mediterranean region to Iran. Creeping rhizomes produce a clump 2 ft. high and wide, with slender stems and 1 1/2-in. pink summer flowers. ‘Variegata’ has variegated leaves. Better with some shade.

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