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Low Calamint
Clinopodium arkansanum
(formerly Calamintha arkansanum)

Low Calamint (Clinopodium arkansanum) Other common names: Arkansas Mint, Limestone Calamint, Limestone Savory, Ozark Calamint, Wild Calamint, Wild Savory

Other scientific names: Calamintha arkansanum, Calamintha arkansana, Calamintha nuttallii, Clinopodium glabrum, Hedeoma arkansana, Hedeoma glabra, Satureja arkansana, Satureja glabella, Satureja glabra

French names: Calament d'Arkansas

Family: Mint Family (Lamiaceae)

Similar species:
  •   Long-leaved Bluets (Houstonia longifolia) - Flower is not tubular, has four distinct petals, and the leaves are not minty-smelling.

  •   Small-flowered Gerardia (Agalinis paupercula) - Flower is more purple and more tubular, lobes not so obvious.

Flowers: Summer;  Blue/Violet

Leaves: Opposite/Whorled, Entire

Habitat: Fields and Open Areas

Grows in Sun/Shade: Sun

Native/Non-native: Native

Photographs: 101 photographs available, of which 7 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Low Calamint (Clinopodium arkansanum) flower

Close-up view of a typical Low Calamint flower.

Low Calamint (Clinopodium arkansanum) plants

Nice bunch of Low Calamint plants.

Low Calamint (Clinopodium arkansanum)

Sometimes the flowers are white.

Low Calamint (Clinopodium arkansanum)

Another pair of white Low Calamint flowers.
Note the typical flower shape, which is tubular, with two lobes on top and three on the bottom.

Low Calamint (Clinopodium arkansanum)

Low Calamint initially grows rounded basal leaves.

Low Calamint (Clinopodium arkansanum) leaves and plants

After the initial basal leaves, the more typical narrow leaves grow out.

Low Calamint is easily identified by th minty smell of the bruised leaves. (Sorry, this website is not smell-enabled).

Low Calamint (Clinopodium arkansanum)

A typical patch of Low Calamint.

Range map for Low Calamint (Clinopodium arkansanum)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)