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PlantFiles: Georgia basil
Calamintha georgiana

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Calamintha (kal-uh-MIN-tha) (Info)
Species: georgiana (jorj-ee-AY-nuh) (Info)

Synonym:Satureja georgiana
Synonym:Clinopodium georgianum

One vendor has this plant for sale.

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive csn0315 On Apr 29, 2008, csn0315 from Summerdale, AL wrote:

I am a wholesale grower of butterfly perennials in south Alabama. Calamintha georgiana is one of my favorite native herbs. Not only does it grow in full sun and full shade, it is also evergreen. I have personally seasoned several chicken dishes and drank tea made from this plant. It not only is aromatic but also very flavorful. This plant is extremely hardy, even when planted in sandy soil and made to withstand the heat of the southern beach weather. I have known this plant to have no insects nor diseases. I propagate by cuttings at nearly any time of the year using shade and no hormones. I have good success with cuttings as long as I don't forget to water one day. Cuttings do not like being dry at all. This is a hidden treasure!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Anniston, Alabama
Birmingham, Alabama
Oldsmar, Florida
Osprey, Florida
Douglasville, Georgia
Charleston, South Carolina

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