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Clinopodium chandleri

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About San Diego Satureja (Clinopodium chandleri) Clinopodium chandleri is a rare native perennial herb in the Lamiaceae (Mint) family that grows in Southern California and northern Baja, primarily in the Peninsular Range region. Due to its rarity it is included on CNPS list 1B.2. It tends to grow in rocky slopes, at elevations of 1,700-2,300 feet. It was formerly classified in the genus Satureja, and some sources still refer to it by that name. It is a low-growing, fragrant, spreading herb that prefers regular water and some shade. It is well suited for containers. Although it is native to mountain areas, it can be grown near the coast.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
1.6 ft (0.49 m)

Max. Width
3 ft (0.9 m)


Fragrant - Pleasant

Growth Rate
Moderate, Slow


Small, toothed or wavy-edged, glandular, aromatic

Flower Color

Flowering Season
Spring, Summer

Native Status
Natural Setting
Site Type
Rocky slopes as part of chaparral or woodland

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
1064' - 3267'

Annual Precip. ?
7.3" - 20.1"

Summer Precip. ?
0.33" - 1.20"

Coldest Month ?
48.8° F - 53.3° F

Hottest Month ?
73.7° F - 81.6° F

Humidity ?
0.99 vpd - 33.49 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers well-draining soil

Soil PH
6.0 - 8.0

Soil Toxicity Tolerance
Tolerates Gabro Soil


Cold Tolerance(° F)
Tolerates cold to 20° F

Sunset Zones ?
14, 16, 17*, 20, 21, 22*, 23*, 24*

Companion Plants
Use with chaparral plants of its native range including Chamise (Adenostoma fasciculatum), Manzanita (Arctostaphylos sp.), Heart-leaf Penstemon (Keckiella cordifolia), Southern Honeysuckle (Lonicera subspicata), Laurel Sumac (Malosma laurina), Oak (Quercus agrifolia or engelmannii), Sugar Bush (Rhus ovata), and native ferns such as Woodwardia or Dryopteris

Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Very Easy

Water Requirement ?
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Max. Summer Water ?
No Summer Water
Keep moist

Common uses
Deer Resistant

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Botanical Names
Satureja chandleri

Common Names
San Miguel Calamint

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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