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Plant Guide

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.

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