Calamintha Nepeta - Lesser Calamint
Better known as Lesser Calamint, or sometimes as Nepitella when used in Italian cuisine, this perennial grows as a small shrub, up to around 20cm tall.
Leaves are ovate, grey-greenish in colour and around 2cm long. The leaves are aromatic and smell like a cross between mint and oregano. Flowers are small and light blue-purple in colour, but numerous.
Used in medieval times as a medicinal herb for a wide variety of ailments. Should not be used by pregnant women. Please contact a GP before using in a medicinal context.
Lesser calamint is related to traditional catnip, and may stimulate cats in a similar manner.
Very attractive to bees and butterflies!
Hardy to around -15°C.