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Monardella macrantha Gray
Hummingbird mint, Red monardella, Red mountainbalm, Scarlet coyote mint
USDA Symbol: moma
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A 4-16 in., colony-forming perennial. Glossy-green, paired leaves stay close to the ground, and the large, showy, terminal flower heads have long, tubular, red-orange flowers. A generally low plant with aromatic leaves lining several stems topped by tight clusters of slightly bilaterally symmetrical, tubular flowers.
The bright red flowers attract hummingbirds, which carry pollen from flower to flower while they seek nectar. Most monardellas have much smaller, whitish or lavender corollas.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Orange
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
CA Native Distribution:
S. CA mts. Native Habitat:
Dry slopes & ridges from 2500-6000 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Extremely well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Drought tolerant.
PropagationDescription: Propagate by cutting, divisions or seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No pretreatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
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Record Modified: 2007-11-01
Research By: TWC Staff