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Blephilia ciliata (Pagoda Horsemint)

Downy Pagoda-plant, Sunny Woodmint, Ohio Horsemint

Blephilia ciliata, Downy Pagoda-plant, Sunny Woodmint, Ohio Horsemint, Purple flowers,
Blephilia ciliata, Downy Pagoda-plant, Sunny Woodmint, Ohio Horsemint, Purple flowers,

Reminiscent of the roof of a pagoda, Blephilia ciliata (Pagoda Horsemint) is a clump-forming herbaceous perennial boasting showy clusters of two-lipped, pale lavender flowers resting upon fringed bracts. Blooming for months from late spring to late summer, they are borne in tiered, globular clusters around the stem and attract scores of bees, butterflies and pollinators to the garden. Stout and square, the unbranched stems are lined with lance-shaped, dark green leaves, whitish-downy beneath. All parts of the plant have a pleasant mint fragrance when rubbed or crushed. Long-blooming, easy to grow, low care, Pagoda Horsemint is great for naturalized areas, prairies and meadows and water-wise landscapes.

  • Grows up to 12-30 in. tall (30-75 cm) and 9-18 in. wide (22-45 cm). Self-seeds freely.
  • Performs best in full sun or part shade in dry to medium, sligthly acidic, well-drained soils. Drought and dry soil tolerant.
  • Perfect for cottage gardens, native plant gardens, prairies and meadows.
  • Generally pest-free. Keep an eye out for powdery mildew in moist or shaded sites. Somewhat unpalatable to deer and rabbits
  • Cut off flower heads before they go to seed if self-seeding is not desired.
  • Propagate by seed or division.
  • Native to eastern North America.

Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Lamiaceae
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 1' - 3'
(30cm - 90cm)
Spread 9" - 2'
(23cm - 60cm)
Spacing 12" - 18"
(30cm - 50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Southwest, Midwest, Southeast, Northeast, Missouri, Ohio, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Kansas, Wisconsin, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, West Virginia, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi, Oklahoma
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Dry Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Lamiaceae
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 1' - 3'
(30cm - 90cm)
Spread 9" - 2'
(23cm - 60cm)
Spacing 12" - 18"
(30cm - 50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland, Vermont, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Southwest, Midwest, Southeast, Northeast, Missouri, Ohio, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Kansas, Wisconsin, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, West Virginia, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Mississippi, Oklahoma
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Dry Soil
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
How Many Plants
Do I Need?

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