Wood Mint - Downy (Blephilia ciliata)
Downy Wood Mint has a distinctive appeal with its tight clusters of pink-purple flowers stacked to resemble a pagoda. Strongly supported by downy-haired stems reaching just 1', the flowers too are hairy and twin-lipped with three lobes and reddish spots on the lower lip. The opposing leaves have tiny hairs on the undersides and small scattered teeth on the margins. Basal leaves stay green through winter.
Sun Exposure - Full, Partial
Soil Moisture - Medium, Medium-Dry, Dry
Height - 12 inches
Bloom Time - June, July
Bloom Color - Purple
Photo courtesy of Prairie Moon Nursery.