Monardella villosa (Coyote Mint)
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Monardella villosa (Coyote Mint)

Coyote Mint


Noted for its pleasant mint scent, Monardella villosa (Coyote Mint) is a small perennial or sub-shrub forming a bushy mound of oval-shaped, soft, lightly fuzzy, grayish-green leaves. They are topped by a profusion of small, bright lavender or pink flowers in dense spherical flower heads from late spring to late summer. Nectar-rich, the blossoms are attractive to insects, especially bees and butterflies. Found across California in chaparral, coastal sage scrub, and various forest habitats, Coyote Mint is easy to grow and adds a refreshing presence in the landscape. The plant is evergreen but will shed its foliage during the hottest months if drought-stressed. Quite compact, Coyote Mint can be used at the front of a dry border, along a walking path, in containers, herb gardens or rock gardens. Coyote Mint was used by Native Americans as a remedy for stomach upset, respiratory conditions, and sore throat.

  • Grows up to 12-24 in. tall (30-60 cm) and 24-36 in. wide (60-90 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun or partial shade in a variety of well-drained soils. Drought tolerant once established. 
  • No serious pest or disease issues. keep an eye out for aphids, whiteflies and rust. Deer resistant.
  • Cut back lightly in fall to promote bushy growth
  • Propagated from seed. No treatment.
  • Native to the western United States: California,Oregon.

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 10
Climate Zones 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Oregon
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
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 7 – 10
Climate Zones 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Native Plants United States, California, Pacific Northwest, Oregon
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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