Welcome to the West GA Chapter
of the Georgia Native Plant Society.
The chapter was formed by a group of native plant enthusiasts, in September 2008, to serve the people in the western counties of the North Georgia piedmont.
We promote the use of native plants in home, commercial and community landscapes.
We rescue plants in danger of destruction by development, working with property owners and developers to relocate the native plants in an organized and safe manner.
We promote the restoration of native habitat and provide educational information about restoration to the public.
We discourage the use of non-native, invasive plant species.
You are invited to join us at our meetings, which are open to the public, and are held in the Carrollton Ag Center. Check out the Meetings & Activities page (link in the navigation bar, to the left) for meeting dates and to learn about other activities.
Please Note: Due to GPS issues, regarding the location of the Ag Center, please check the above link for accurate directions.
You are Visitor 151 since September 1, 2017
Georgia basil, Georgia savory, Georgia calamint, taken on October 5, 2005.
Photo Credit: Mike Strickland
Clinopodium georgiana can do well in the home landscape.
Be the first in your neighborhood to plant this overlooked treasure! Do you have a hot, sunny, well-drained site? Do you like plants that maintain an evergreen presence most of the year? Consider Georgia basil, Clinopodium georgianum, also called Georgia savory and Georgia calamint. Georgia basil is in the mint family but is a dense shrub standing 1 to 2 feet high with a 2 foot spread - quite an unusual growth habit for a native species of the mint family and it looks similar to rosemary especially its blossoms. This is a very pleasant looking, aromatic evergreen shrub even before its showy blooms. Beginning to flower in late August, this subshrub produces numerous small pale blue to violet flowers in the axils of the upper parts of most of its branches into November and depending on the winter, December. You will definitely appreciate that it does not reproduce with aggressive rhizomes! The small, slim, light green leaves have a mild minty odor with a hint of oregano when crushed. Consider siting this plant in a sunny area that you often pass by so you can enjoy the flowers and the aroma as you brush it.
Clinopodium georgianum remains mostly evergreen in zone 7 and in anticipation of a colder than usual winter, you may want to give it a more protected location (but still in the sun and not wet) and winter mulch. If it goes deciduous, wait for new growth in spring and trim branches that do not leaf out.
As with most mints, this plant is fairly easy to reproduce so once you have one, you can make more. Enjoy that it does not require a lot of water.
Common uses for this plant include: Being mostly evergreen, this small shrub is very versatile in sunny locations. Use its spring and summer greenness in a bed of colorful plants and let it steal the show in late summer and fall. Its mature size also allows it to be a standalone small shrub.