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Uses

Edible uses

Notes

A sweet and aromatic herb tea is made from the leaves[1]. Very refreshing. The leaves are harvested as the plant comes into flower and are dried for later use[2]. Leaves - used as a flavouring. A pleasant mint-like fragrance and flavour[1].

Unknown part

Material uses

Plants can be used for ground cover, planted about 45cm apart each way they form spreading clumps[3].
There are no material uses listed for Calamintha grandiflora.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The leaves are aromatic, diaphoretic and expectorant[2]. An infusion is used in the treatment of jaundice, nervous complaints, convulsions and cramps[2]. A warm poultice of the leaves may help soothe bruises and rheumatic pains[2].

Ecology

Ecosystem niche/layer

Soil surface

Ecological Functions

Ground cover

Forage

Nothing listed.

Shelter

Nothing listed.

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse. Only just cover the seed. Germination usually takes place within 2 weeks at 21°c. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse. Plant them out into their permanent positions in the summer if they are large enough, otherwise plant them out the following spring.

The seed can also be sown outdoors in a dry soil in April[2]. Division in spring or autumn[2]. Very easy, larger clumps can be planted direct into their permanent positions. It is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are well rooted before planting them out in the summer.

Basal cuttings in May or June[2]. They should be rooted in a sandy compost[4]. Harvest the shoots when they are about 10 - 15cm long with plenty of underground stem. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.

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Cultivation

Prefers a well-drained soil and a sunny position[3]. Succeeds in any good soil in sun or partial shade[5]. Established plants are drought tolerant[6], preferring a soil on the dry side[3].

The plant is pleasantly fragrant when bruised[5]. The flowers have a delicious minty scent[4].

Plants often self-sow in gardens if they are well-sited[3].

Crops

Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

There are no interactions listed for Calamintha grandiflora. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.

Polycultures & Guilds

There are no polycultures listed which include Calamintha grandiflora.

Descendants

Cultivars

Varieties

None listed.

Subspecies

None listed.

Full Data

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Taxonomy
Binomial name
Calamintha grandiflora
Genus
Calamintha
Family
Labiatae
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Botanic
Propagation
Cultivation
Environment
Cultivation
Uses
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Functions
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Environment
Hardiness Zone
5
Heat Zone
?
Water
moderate
Sun
full sun
Shade
light shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
  • Drought
Ecosystems
Native Climate Zones
None listed.
Adapted Climate Zones
None listed.
Native Geographical Range
None listed.
Native Environment
None listed.
Ecosystem Niche
Root Zone Tendancy
None listed.
Life
Deciduous or Evergreen
?
Herbaceous or Woody
?
Life Cycle
Growth Rate
?
Mature Size
Fertility
?
Pollinators
Flower Colour
?
Flower Type

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