Information on Common Calamint

Common Name: Common Calamint
Scientific Name: Clinopodium ascendens
Irish Name: Cailmint
Family Group: Lamiaceae
Distribution: View Map (Courtesy of the BSBI)
Flowering Period


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Common Calamint is not easily confused with other wild plants on this web site.


Not a common plant in Ireland, Common Calamint only grows in a few places, principally in the south.  This is an erect plant with pinkish-lilac flowers (10-15mm long) in short-stalked whorls. They have 4 stamens, each shorter than the upper lip, and 2 stigmas. The flowers have small purple spots on their flat, lower lips which are three-lobed. The short-stalked leaves are oval, and have adpressed hairs. The plant grows 30-60cm tall, is quite hairy and has a mint scent. This is a perennial, native plant which flowers from July to September. It belongs to the Lamiaceae family. 

I found this plant growing at Saltmills, Co Wexford in July 2015. 

If you are satisfied you have correctly identified this plant, please submit your sighting to the National Biodiversity Data Centre

Calamint, Common
Calamint, Common