Clinopodium Ascendens, Common Calamint



Common name:
Common calamint
Scientific name:
Clinopodium ascendens
Main flower color:
Range:
South England and a few locations in south Wales
Height:
Up to 50 cm
Habitat:
Verges, grassland, hedgebanks, often in calcareous locations
Flowers:
Up to 2 cm long; a tubular, pale pink corolla, hairy on the outside, with a three-lobed lower lip that has a few small purple blotches. The ridged calyx has two relatively long teeth on its lower lip, slightly incurved, and three much shorter teeth on the upper lip, angled backwards. Flowers are produced in whorls of branched pairs
Leaves:
Opposite, long-stalked, broadly ovate, up to 4 cm long and 3 cm across, with appressed hairs on the surface and a few very shallow teeth along the margins
Season:
June to September
Rarity:
★★★★