limestone calamint, low calamint
[Calamintha arkansana (Nutt.) Shinners, more...]
Etymology: Calamintha: from Greek mythological figure Kalamos, the son of Maiandros (aka Meander), god of the Meander River.
Plants: erect, perennial, 2"-8" tall forb, very aromatic, simple or with many branches; many square stems arising at the base from the short, mat-forming stolons, hairless except for the leaf nodes
Leaves: opposite, smooth, oval except linear on flowering stems, stalked
Flowers: pink to pale purple, 5-parted, 1/3"-1/2" long, irregularly tube-shaped; inflorescence of 2-8 flowers from the upper leaf nodes; blooms April-June
Fruits: 1-seeded nutlet
Habitat: moist; Lake Michigan beaches, fens; in limy soil
Conservation Status: Special Concern
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 10, Wetland Indicator = FACW WIS DNR-Bureau of Endangered Resources: Detailed information on Wisconsin listed species including state and federal status, photos, etc. USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key.