Lesser calamint is a relatively uncommon perennial herb that grows in clumps of shiny, green, oregano-like leaves with lavender pink flowers. It has a strong herbal aroma that is reminiscent of mint and oregano. Lesser calamint is commonly used as an herb in Mediterranean cuisine, particularly in Italy, where it is known as nepetella or mentuccia romana, owing to its importance in Roman culinary tradition. The Latin name nepeta derives from the Etruscan town of Nepete, where it was cultivated and used as a medicinal herb. Despite its medicinal properties, lesser calamint should not be consumed during pregnancy.