Native Plant of the Week: Downy Wood Mint

Family: Lamiaceae


Name: Blephilia ciliata - Downy Wood Mint or Pagoda Plant


Bloom Time: June - August


Flower: Lavender with Purple Spots


Soil Condition: Dry, Average, Moist, Well Drained


Light: Sun to Partial Shade


Height: 12-24" tall by 12-24" wide


Native Range: Eastern United States


Zone: 4 to 8


Belphilia ciliata is a non-aggressive native mint and is a must-have for our bees including bumblebees, leaf-cutting bees, masked bees, little carpenter bees and so many more. Great as a dried flower as the seed heads usually remain all through winter. Ohio Horsemint has a deep taproot which makes it very drought tolerant. The basal leaves are evergreen throughout the winter.


Fun Facts: Aromatic leaves may be steeped to make a mild tea.


Maintenance: Susceptible to powdery mildew. Cut back in late summer to keep it tidy.


Benefits: Nectar source, favorite for bumblebees, moderately deer and rabbit resistant,


Companion Plants: Solidago nemoralis - Gray Goldenrod, Symphyotrichum laeve - Smooth Aster, Bouteloua curtipendula - Side Oats


pics: KMS Native Plants, Missouri Department of Conservation

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References:

1. https://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-guide/ohio-horsemint

2. http://www.newmoonnursery.com/plant/Blephilia-ciliata



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