Species Name (as per The IPNI) : Nepeta floccosa Benth.
Common name : Woolly Catmint
Vernacular name : Shamalolo, Shangukaram (Ladakhi)
Habit : Herb
Habitat : Outcrop of rocks of higher altitudes. Stony and slopes.
Comments / notes : The dried leaves and shoots are aromatic and used to add flavour in local dishes.
Key identification features : An erect, floccose with white wool, lemon scented perennial herb. Stem many, spreading from the base upto 60 cm. Leaves thick, long-petioled, with matted woolly white hairs, ovate-cordate. Flowers in slender panicles, pinkish mauve to blue, widely spaced whorls.
Flower, Fruit : June-September
Ladakh : Leh district
Native : Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tadzhikistan, Tibet, West Himalaya, Xinjiang
Exotic/Native : Native
Literature : Chaurasia O P, Khatoon N and Singh S B (2006), Field Guide-Plant Biodiversity of Ladakh. WWF-India, Defence Institute of High Altitude Research (DIHAR) and Department of Wildlife Protection, Goverment of Jammu and Kashmir