More Information About Clinopodium
The genus Clinopodium contains about 20 species of mint that are native to America, Asia and Europe. Clinopodium shares the common name calamint with its close cousin, calamintha. One common West Coast species, Clinopodium douglasii, was used to make a pain relieving tea and Spanish missionaries named it Yerba Buena. They named a nearby town in central California after the herb but the town's name was later changed to San Francisco...the minty city. Another species, Clinopodium laevigatum, is used in Mexico as a tea to cure hangovers and is called the Hangover Herb or Yerba de Borracho.
Like many mints, clinopodium is a low growing, herbaceous perennial with clusters of small, butterfly-attracting, 2-lipped flowers on top. Clinopodium species are tough, tolerating full sun and drought and make excellent additions to your herb, rock or perennial garden. So if you have a hangover or are just trying to decide what plants to put into your garden, try clinopodium, the San Francisco treat! Try combining clinopodium with echinacea, achillea and allium for a beautiful display. When you are ready to buy clinopodium, check out our list of clinopodium for sale.