Blephilia ciliata (Downy Wood Mint) Unity Grown

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Blephilia ciliata, commonly referred to as downy wood mint, is an upright, clump-forming woodland native that grows 1-2 feet tall and wide. From late spring to mid summer, downy wood mint produces multiple clusters of small blue-purple flowers, which are especially attractive to bumblebees and honeybees, among other pollinators.

As a member of the mint family, Blephilia ciliata can be used as a mint substitute - in both culinary uses and in the landscape. Leaves and tissues have a minty, herbal fragrance, and as a far less aggressive spreader than a true mint, Blephilia ciliata is a beneficial addition to any space for appearance, smell, and wildlife value. Downy wood mint tolerates both full and partial sun, as well as drier soils, and is a good fit for many garden types and areas through multiple seasons; although flowers die back in the cooler months, small leaves and shoots close to the ground retain their green color through the winter.

Native to Maryland, Native to U.S., and Straight Species
Mature Plant Height: Short: 12-29"
Sun (6+ hours) and Part Shade/Sun (4-6 hours of sun)
Soil Moisture: Medium to Dry and Well-drained
Soil Type: Wide Tolerance and Poor
Bloom Time: Spring and Summer
Flower Color: Blue and Purple
Foliage color: Green
Features: Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Pollinators, Fragrant, and Groundcover
Tolerances: Deer Tolerant, Rabbit Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, Shade Tolerant, and Dry Shade Tolerant
Garden Type: Pollinator Garden, Meadow, Woodland Garden, Small Space, and Rock Garden

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