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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Monardella odoratissima Benth.
Alpine mountainbalm, Coyote mint, Mountain monardella, Mountain pennyroyal
USDA Symbol: MOOD
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Alpine mountainbalm or coyote mint is a variable species with many subspecies across its range. A grayish, aromatic plant with erect, bunched, leafy stems bearing opposite leaves and topped by small, whitish to pale purple or pink flowers in a dense head. In general, its stems form large mats about 1 ft. high. In bloom, these are covered with flower heads, ranging in color from near white to bright blue-purple. The paired leaves are highly fragrant.
Coyote Mint has many races in the West, varying in density of foliage hairs, breadth of heads, and relative length of bracts and calyx.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
CA , ID , NV , OR , WA Native Distribution:
N. ID to e. WA, s. to NM, AZ & CA Native Habitat:
Wet or dry, rocky, forest openings from 3500-11,000 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Sandy soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
PropagationDescription: Propagate by cutting, divisions or seed. Seed sown fresh does not need treatment.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff