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It just won’t quit! White Cloud Calamint is a sweet little Spirit with amazing flower power. Hundreds of tiny white blossoms grace this low, billowy plant in summer, continuing well into fall. The small, glossy leaves make a sleek backdrop for the haze of pretty blossoms, and they give off a refreshing spearmint fragrance when crushed or rubbed. Plant White Cloud near a pathway or seating area to take advantage of this fact. Calamint is also a handy filler for covering up the bare stems of “leggy” plants in the landscape. After you get to know it, you may find this dynamo to be indispensable!
- Hardiness Zone: 5-9
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Calamint is native to the Mediterranean region and can be found in the wild from Spain to Iran and from central Europe to North Africa. Its name comes from the Greek word kalos, meaning beautiful or good, and mint, because of its mint-scented leaves. It is indeed a member of the mint family, like many herbs such as Spearmint, Oregano, Thyme, Basil, Rosemary, and Sage. If you examine these plants, you’ll notice they all have square stems, opposite leaves (arranged in pairs along the stems), and similarly shaped flowers. And of course, fragrance! White Cloud was selected at Canyon Creek Nursery in California.
Happy pollinators! White Cloud Calamint attracts loads of grateful pollinators all summer long and into fall. These underappreciated workers are valuable in so many ways. They turn flowers into food for humans and wildlife, they enable plants to make seed and reproduce, and some of them are beneficial insects, eating other insects that are garden pests. These are the good guys you want on your team.
How to Grow
Remember where Calamint is from—think Mediterranean. White Cloud performs best in a warm, sunny spot in well-drained soil. Water regularly during establishment, and then ease up. This Spirit doesn’t like bone-dry soil, but it can certainly stand to miss a watering now and again. It doesn’t need a lot of fertilizer, either. If flowering slows or stops, shear the plant back and water well, and new flowers will form. Avoid shearing in fall, instead waiting until spring to cut back old growth when green buds appear. White Cloud Calamint struggles in the humidity of the Deep South.
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