Calamintha ashei

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Ashe's Savory, Ashe's Calamint

Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Plant Specifics

Size:1.5 ft tall by 1.5 ft wide
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Lavender
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Deciduous. Flowers predominantly mid-late spring.
Noted for:Aroma, fragrance, Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:This small plant could make a good border along a dry path or as a foundation plant. Welcome in wildflower gardens. Foliage is highly aromatic.
Availability:Native nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Acidic



  • Attracts a variety of insects and mostly pollinated by bees.   Documented bees include Agapostemon splendens, Augochlorella aurata, Augochloropsis sumptuosa, Dialictus nymphalis, D. tegularis, Anthidiellum notatum rufimaculatum, A. perplexum, Dianthidium floridiense, Epeolus erigeronis, E. zonatus, Hoplitis truncata, Coelioxys germana, Lithurgus gibbosus, Megachile brevis pseudobrevis, M. exilis parexilis, M. georgica, M. petulans, M. rugifrons, M. texana, Osmia sandhouseae, Osmia sp, plus Apis mellifera (honeybee) and  Bombus impatiens (Deyrup et al. 2002).
  • Butterflies harvest nectar.

Native Habitats:Scrub in disturbed areas, sandhill.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:This species is listed as Threatened in Florida. Please acquire plants only from a reputable nursery.