Shrubs of Morni: Calamintha (Mint family)

Calamintha – a shrub of the mint (Lamiaceae) family that is native to Europe, Asia and America. There are several species and sub species in the genus ‘Calamintha’. Calamintha nepeta (Lesser Calamint) is a beautiful Mediterranean perennial shrub with upright stems and small, glossy green fragrant leaves that attract hummingbirds, honeybees and butterflies with their mint like aroma. The heart-shaped/ovate leaves are toothed at the edges and are used in Italian cuisine. The shrub produces a cloud of tiny lipped pale lavender flowers in August. The Calamintha species found in Morni hills is much like its Mediterranean cousin, the Lesser Calamint, but its leaves are more velvety with tiny white hair at the edges and its flowers are yellow in colour, instead of lavender blue.

Calamintha shrub of Mint family, Rasoon, Bhoj Balag, Morni hills
Calamintha shrub of Mint family, Rasoon, Bhoj Balag, Morni hills
Tiny yellow flowers of Calamintha, Rasoon, Bhoj Balag, Morni hills
Tiny yellow flowers of Calamintha, Rasoon, Bhoj Balag, Morni hills