Botanical Name: Calamintha grandiflora
Species: C. grandiflora
Synonyms : Satureja grandiflora (L.) Scheele
Common Names: Large-flowered calamint, Showy calamint or Mint savory
Habitat: Calamintha grandiflora is native to S. Europe. It grows in certain mountains of western and southern Europa (Massif central, Alps, Pyrénées,…) above 700 meters high. We can find it in the beech forests.
Calamintha grandiflora is a perennial herb growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in). Thick mounds of small, very scented leaves with spikes of little, pink, mint-shaped flowers. These pretty plants bring pleasure throughout the summer and last well into autumn. Loved by bees and butterflies.
. It is in flower from July to September, flower color is pink and the seeds ripen from September to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees, insects.
Woodland garden. Prefers a well-drained soil and a sunny position. Succeeds in any good soil in sun or partial shade. Established plants are drought tolerant, preferring a soil on the dry side. The plant is pleasantly fragrant when bruised. The flowers have a delicious minty scent. Plants often self-sow in gardens if they are well-sited. Special Features: Attractive foliage, Edible, Fragrant foliage, Not North American native, Invasive, Suitable for dried flowers.
A sweet and aromatic herb tea is made from the leaves. Very refreshing. The leaves are harvested as the plant comes into flower and are dried for later use. Leaves – used as a flavouring. A pleasant mint-like fragrance and flavour.
The leaves are aromatic, diaphoretic and expectorant. An infusion is used in the treatment of jaundice, nervous complaints, convulsions and cramps. A warm poultice of the leaves may help soothe bruises and rheumatic pains.
Landscape Uses:Border, Ground cover, Rock garden. Plants can be used for ground cover, planted about 45cm apart each way they form spreading clumps.
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