Monardella villosa ssp. villosa

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Species Name: Monardella villosa ssp. villosa
Common Name: Coyote Mint

A fragrant flowering perennial for a mixed border or in front of shrubs. Spreads by rhizomes. Needs good drainage. Pretty flowers are great for a butterfly garden!

Plant Family: Lamiaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 2' H x 2' W
Growth Habit: Low, trailing
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Part sun to shade
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to moderate
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Purple
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: North Coast, North Coast Range, Sierra Nevada Foothills, Central West
Natural Habitat: Rocky slopes, ephemeral drainages, oak woodland, chapparal, montane forest below 4300'

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Care and Maintenance

  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "The plants form broad mats of foliage and send up many stems 8 to 12 inches in height bearing beautiful lavender blossoms from July to fall. Very showy and a good subject for rock gardens. Gallon cans, 50c."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
  • Harlow, Nora and Kristin Jakob. Wild Lilies, Irises, and Grasses: Gardening with California Monocots. Berkely and Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press. 2003.