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Calamintha nepeta

L’herbe aux chats
Lesser Calamint

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

white

Flower size

6-7 mm

Flowering months

June,

July,

August,

September,

October

Leaf type

Ovate

Height

40-100 cm

Description

Sunny, dry banks, roadsides, lightly wooded areas.

Flowers

Tubular white flowers with purple spots, borne in whorls.

Leaves

Ovate leaf is egg-shaped, wider at base. Broad end tapers to the base, minutely serrated, greyish-green, 1 cm long, covered in white down. When rubbed, the leaves release a strong minty smell.

Fruits Seeds

Nuts: 1-4, small, enclosed within the calyx.

Medical

Dried flowering parts: relief for indigestion, a tonic for the nerves.

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