This small, erect, aromatic, slightly hairy, bushy plant grows from a creeping rootstock to about 1 foot tall with tiny white flowers having a faint mauve tone. Can be found growing on banks and mountain slopes throughout Europe and North Africa. Leaves are small, ovate and serrate; flowers appear in forked cymes in summer, the lower lip of the corolla being lobed and covered with purple spots. Its name is derived from the Greek 'kalos' meaning beautiful, and 'minthe' meaning mint. Today it is grown mainly as an ornamental and for its aromatic foliage. In action, it is similar to Lesser Calamint (C. nepeta) but not as strong.