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Calamintha

Calamint

Perennials

Favored for minty foliage used to make tea, and for long-blooming clusters of two-lippedflowers. Plants need well-drained soil and, in coldestzones, winter protection. Canself-sow, but not aggressivelike related mint.

Calamintha grandiflora 'Variegata', photo courtesy of Mark Turner
Calamintha grandiflora 'Variegata', photo courtesy of Mark Turner

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Calamintha grandiflora

Native from the Mediterranean region toIran. Creeping rhizomes produce 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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