Soil: Mesic (Medium) – Xeric (Dry)
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 1.5-2 feet
Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Season: June – July
Suggested Uses: Downy Wood Mint occurs more often in open areas than in woodlands, unlike Blephilia hirsuta (Hairy Wood Mint). It makes a nice ground cover. The arrangement of flowers is “pagoda-like”; one on top of another. The foliage has a minty fragrance! This plant is excellent for attracting pollinating bees and other beneficial insects! Deer tolerant.
Native Range: Native to the eastern U.S. Minnesota is just outside of the native range for B. ciliata.
Pollinators: A variety! Great for bees. High-value nectar source for adult Monarch butterflies.
Flowers: The flowers grow in whorls around the square stem.
Leaves: The leaves have very short (if any) petioles.
Food Uses: Fresh or dried leaves can be used to make tea.
Other Names: Downy Pagoda Plant
More Information: USDA plant profile