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Monardella odoratissima (Mountain Monardella)

Alpine Mountainbalm, Coyote Mint, Mountain Monardella, Mountain Pennyroyal


Monardella odoratissima (Mountain Monardella) is an upright to sprawling perennial with sturdy and erect leafy stems bearing opposite, lance-shaped leaves, 2 in. long (5 cm). Stems and leaves may be light green to dark gray in color and they usually have a sparse covering of short hairs. The leaves are highly fragrant, releasing a strongly minty scent when the plant is touched. In early to late summer, they are topped by a profusion of small, white, pale pink to light bluish-purple flowers in dense spherical flower heads, 1 in. wide (2.5 cm). The blossoms are attractive to insects, especially bees and butterflies. Mountain Monardella is easy to grow and maintain and is perfect for rock gardens.

  • Grows up to 10-12 in. tall (25-30 cm) and 24 in. wide (60 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun or partial shade in dry to moist, rocky or sandy, well-drained soils.
  • This showy perennial is a striking addition to borders, rock gardens, cottage gardens and can be used as a groundcover.
  • No serious pest or disease issued. Deer and rabbit resistant.
  • Deadhead spent flowers to encourage new blooms. Prune lightly in fall for a more compact appearance.
  • Propagated from seed, stem cuttings, or division.
  • Native to the western United States: California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spread 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Southwest, Nevada
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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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.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spread 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Southwest, Nevada
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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