Greek kallis— beautiful, mintha — mint.
Perennial aromatic herbs, generally with woody rootstocks. Leaves ovate to oblong, stalked. Flower clusters in axillary, stalked cymes. Flowers with calyx tubular,13-nerved, 2-lipped,with 3 teeth on the upper lip, 2 on the lower. Corolla 2-lipped, the upper entire, lower 3-lobed, tube straight, stamens enclosed. Grown as a traditional herb garden plant.
Seed or division of clumps.
The leaves are used to produce a herbal tea and the flowers attract bees.
Calyx 2-lipped, 13-veined; style branches unequal, lower ones longer and wider.
7 species from C Asia,W Europe and N America.
De Wolf (1954c).
Source: (2002). Lamiaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.