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Monardella villosa 'Russian River'

  • Common Name
    Coyote Mint
  • CA Native
    California Native
  • Plant Type
    Perennial
  • Size
    12" - 18" x 15"
  • Flower Color
    Pinkish-Purple
  • Bloom Time
    • Spring
    • Summer
  • Leaves
    Gray-Green Leaves
  • Evergreen
    Evergreen
  • Deer Resistant
    Rarely Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    • Attracts Beneficial Insects
    • Bees
    • Butterfly & Other Insect Nectar
  • Growth Rate
    Moderate
  • Hardiness
    Hardy
  • Adverse Growth Factors
    None
  • Special Features
    • Fragrance
    • Low Maintenance
    • Showy Flowers
  • Water Use
    • Drought Tolerant
    • Low
  • Soil pH
    6.5-7.5 (neutral)
  • Exposure
    • Full Sun
  • Soil Type
    Not Particular
  • Drainage
    Well Drained
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    This species of coyote mint comes from rocky slopes along the Russian River. It has ball-like clusters of pinkish-purple flowers carried above a fragrant evergreen foliage. The leaves can be used for making tea. Native Americans used the tea to help with stomach aches. The early Spanish used it as a cure for sore throats.

    This particular coyote mint is native to the Coast mountains so it likes part shade in inland areas but will tolerate some summer water if the drainage is perfect. Other coyote mint varieties like hot sunny areas. Plant slightly higher than soil grade. Tolerants a wide range of soil pH's. Cut back in winter for a compact plant. 

    Flowers attract a wide variety of butterflies and beneficial insects.

    No signifcant pest or disease problems.

  • Master Gardener Comments

    If this mint is happy, it will form a small mat of gray covered with flowers, butterflies and native bees. Great for a habitat garden.

  • Varietals
    N / A