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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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