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Botanical name

Calamintha ascendens

Common name(s)


Plant Care



Produces pinkish or bluish flowers with spots on the white lower lip.



Stalked leaves and an erect hairy stem with tall flowering spikes.

Soil Conditions

Well-drained dry to moist neutral to alkaline soil.


Medicinal: Tea made from calamint is used as a detoxifier and cleanser, and a
treatment for coughs and colds.

Culinary: They can also be added to cooked foods, imparting a pungent, aromatic flavour.

Interesting info

As it induces sweating, it was used in medieval times as a treatment against the black plague.

People take calamint for respiratory illnesses and colds with fever. They also use it to loosen chest congestion and promote sweating.

Interesting planting ideas

Calamint is a great companion plant for brinjals, fennel, green peppers, lettuces, onions, strawberries & tomatoes repelling pests.

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