Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta Description
Drought tolerant deer proof ground cover with over 5 months of bloom. This sun perennial takes on punishing heat & humidity and so easy to grow. By itself it makes a subtle statement. All it needs is sun and good drainage. This charmer forms a tidy compact clump of mint-scented foliage 12-18" tall and wide in early summer. Tiny white, light blue flowers on spikes in early summer lasting well until frost. An outstanding plant used in beautiful combinations at Chanhassen Arboretum in Minnesota.(where most of these pictures are from) This is an underused & outstanding perennial that makes a great filler plant. Weave it thru perennials, roses, shrubs and annuals. Works well in tough areas such as banks. Butterflies love them and they have few if any pest issues. Hard to find anything so easy to grow and bloom so long!
Features: Butterfly Lovers, Cold Hardy, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Fast Growing, Fragrance, Heat Tolerant, Hummingbird Lovers, Long Blooming, Pest Resistant, Reblooming
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Calamintha nepeta ssp. nepeta
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Lilac to white
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Border, Containers, Edging, Erosion Control, Foundation Planting, Ground Cover, Massing, Rock Garden, Slopes, Specimen,
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Soil: Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil. Thrives in dry soils and is very drought tolerant.
Light: Full sun to part shade -- Full sun is best in the North. Somewhat intolerant of the heat and humidity of the deep South, and appreciates some afternoon shade in hot climates.
Water: Dry to medium
Spacing: 2 - 3 feet
Fertilizing: In average soil, needs almost no fertilizer. Too much fertilizer will only make it grow lots of flimsy foliage. In poor soil, some compost in fall or spring, or a very light scattering of slow release fertilizer in early spring will provide sufficient nutrients to keep the plant happy.Winterizing: Leave spent foliage in place over winter to help protect the crown. Wait until early spring to cut it back.
Maintenance & Pruning: Shear flower spikes after initial flowering to promote continued bloom. Can shear plant foliage back to keep it from becoming too leggy. Divide in spring if necessary.
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