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Perennial for pollinators, downy wood mint is most commonly found in open areas.

Perennial for pollinators, downy wood mint is most commonly found in open areas. Typical inventory plug USDA, NRCS. 2012. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 5 October 2012). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

Blephilia ciliata

Downy wood mint

Blephilia cilata is a perennial of the mint family. It has a stout central stem that has prominent ridges. The top half of the stem is perforated by whorled clusters of white, light pink, or blue flowers. A wide variety of bees are attracted to the flowers.

Most commonly found in open areas, downy wood mint does best in dry to moist soils in full sun to partial shade.

Shared with us by our friend Peter Heus from Enchanter’s Garden. 


Height:

1-2 ft

Spread:

1-2 ft

USDA Hardiness Zone:

4-8

Bloom Color:

Blue, Medium Pink, White

Blephilia ciliata Characteristics

Exposure

  • Full Sun to Partial Shade

Attracts Wildlife

  • Pollinators

Soil Moisture Preference

  • Well-Drained
  • Moist to Dry

Attributes

  • Drought Tolerant

Flowering Months

  • August
  • July
  • June

Foliage Color

  • Green

Interesting Notes:

For more information on this plant, visit the USDA PLANTS Database: http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=BLCI