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Calamintha nepeta ‘Montrose White’ (Lesser Calamint)

Lesser Calamint "Montrose White', Montrose White Calamint

Calamintha nepeta 'Montrose White, Calamint Montrose White, Montrose White Calamint, aromatic perennial, Fragrant Perennial
Calamintha nepeta 'Montrose White, Calamint Montrose White, Montrose White Calamint, aromatic perennial, Fragrant Perennial
Calamintha nepeta 'Montrose White, Calamint Montrose White, Montrose White Calamint, aromatic perennial, Fragrant Perennial

Calamintha nepeta ‘Montrose White’ is a versatile and visually appealing plant that offers numerous benefits for gardeners looking to add a soft, elegant touch to their landscapes. Its long blooming period, aromatic foliage, and low maintenance needs make it a standout choice for a variety of garden settings. Whether used as an edging plant, a filler in mixed borders, or a container specimen, Calamintha nepeta ‘Montrose White’ will surely enhance any garden’s beauty and biodiversity.

Calamintha nepeta ‘Montrose White’ – Lesser Calamint: An In-depth Look

Calamintha nepeta ‘Montrose White’ is a charming and versatile herbaceous perennial known for its aromatic foliage and delicate white flowers. This plant forms a neat, bushy clump with a profusion of tiny, tubular flowers that bloom continuously from early summer to fall. The flowers and leaves are both fragrant, releasing a pleasant minty aroma when brushed or crushed. Its airy, cloud-like appearance makes it an excellent choice for adding a soft texture to garden borders and mixed plantings.

Native: Calamintha nepeta, the species from which ‘Montrose White’ is derived, is native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean region. It thrives in dry, sunny habitats such as open woodlands, rocky slopes, and grasslands. It belongs to the mint, deadnettle, or sage family, Lamiaceae.

Plant Type and Habit: Calamintha nepeta ‘Montrose White’ is a herbaceous perennial with a mounding habit. It grows in a compact, bushy form, maintaining a neat appearance throughout the growing season. The plant spreads slowly by rhizomes and can form attractive drifts in the garden over time. ‘Montrose White’ is sterile and will not self-seed.

Size: Calamintha nepeta ‘Montrose White’ typically reaches a height of 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45 cm) and spreads about 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45 cm) wide. Its compact size makes it suitable for edging, rock gardens, and small-space gardening.

Flowers: The flowers are small, tubular, pure white, and fragrant, appearing in dense clusters at the tips of the stems. Each flower is about 1/4 inch long and has a delicate, airy quality. Calamintha nepeta ‘Montrose White’ has a long bloom period, typically flowering from early summer through fall. This extended blooming season provides continuous interest and color in the garden for several months.

Foliage: The foliage of Calamintha nepeta ‘Montrose White’ is a key feature of its appeal. The leaves are small, ovate, and aromatic, with a fresh minty fragrance. They are medium green in color and have a slightly textured surface. The foliage remains attractive throughout the growing season, even when the plant is not in bloom.

Uses: Calamintha nepeta ‘Montrose White’ is a versatile plant with many uses in the garden. It is ideal for edging paths and borders, planting in rock gardens, and filling gaps in perennial beds. Its long blooming period and compact size make it suitable for containers and small-space gardening. Additionally, the aromatic foliage can be used in potpourri and herbal arrangements.

Hardiness: This perennial plant is hardy in USDA zones 5 to 9. It can tolerate a range of temperatures, from the cold winters of the northern United States to the hot summers of the south. In colder regions, a layer of mulch can help protect the plant during winter.

Wildlife: The flowers are highly attractive to pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. These beneficial insects help pollinate other plants in the garden, contributing to a healthy and diverse ecosystem.

Deer and Rabbit: Calamintha nepeta is generally resistant to deer, likely due to its aromatic foliage.

Drought: Calamintha nepeta ‘Montrose White’ is relatively drought-tolerant once established. It prefers well-drained soil and can withstand periods of dry weather. Regular watering during prolonged dry spells will help maintain its health and vigor.

Invasiveness: Calamintha nepeta ‘Montrose White’ is not considered invasive. It spreads slowly by rhizomes and does not self-seed.

Benefits: Calamintha nepeta ‘Montrose White’ offers long-lasting white blooms, aromatic foliage, and attracts pollinators. It is drought-tolerant, low-maintenance, and resistant to deer and rabbits. Ideal for borders, rock gardens, and containers, it adds elegance and supports garden biodiversity.

Lesser Calamint Growing Tips

Light: Prefers full sun to light shade. Ensure at least 6 hours of sunlight for optimal growth and flowering.

Soil: Thrives in well-drained soil. It can tolerate a range of soil types but prefers slightly alkaline, sandy or loamy soils with good drainage.

Water: Water regularly during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Once established, it becomes drought-tolerant, needing only occasional watering. Overwatering should be avoided as it prefers well-drained soil. During dry spells, provide supplemental water to maintain its health and vigor.

Fertilizer: Calamintha nepeta generally does not require much fertilization. If desired, apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in spring to promote healthy growth.

Pruning: Trim back spent flowers to encourage continuous blooming. Cut back the plant in the fall to maintain a compact shape and promote new growth.

Propagation: Propagate by division in spring or fall.

Pests and Diseases: Generally pest-free and disease-resistant. Occasionally, it may experience powdery mildew.

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Lamiaceae
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 12" - 18"
(30cm - 50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fragrant, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Deer, Rocky Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, City and Courtyard
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Lamiaceae
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 12" - 18"
(30cm - 50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Fragrant, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Dry Soil, Deer, Rocky Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, City and Courtyard
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Do I Need?

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