Woolly Catmint
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Woolly Catmint
ative Photo: N Arun Kumar
Common name: Woolly Catmint • Ladakhi: ཤམལོལོ་ Shamalolo, ཤངུཀརམ་ Shangukaram
Botanical name: Nepeta floccosa    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Woolly Catmint is a pleasantly aromatic, clump-forming perennial herb, prominently found on the stony slopes of Ladakh. It is readily distinguished by its greyish, lemon-scented leaves densely covered with woolly white hairs. Flowers are pinkish-mauve to blue, borne in densely rounded, widely spaced woolly whorls. Whorls are 1.5-2 cm across. Flowers are about 8 mm, with slender flower-tube twice as long as the sepal-cup which is densely hairy, purple, with linear pointed sepals. Leaves are 1-5 cm long, rounded-heart-shaped, obscurely toothed. The stems are up to 2 ft tall. Woolly Catmint is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to Uttarakhand, at altitudes of 2700-4400 m. Flowering: June-September.

Identification credit: Prashant Awale Photographed in Phyang, Ladakh.

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