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Monardella macrantha

Monardella macrantha A. Gray

Hummingbird mint, Red monardella, Red mountainbalm, Scarlet coyote mint

Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: moma

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

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.

 

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit:
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Orange
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug

Distribution

USA: CA
Native Distribution: S. CA mts.
Native Habitat: Dry slopes & ridges from 2500-6000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Extremely well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: Drought tolerant.

Propagation

Description: Propagate by cutting, divisions or seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No pretreatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Monardella macrantha in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Monardella macrantha in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Monardella macrantha

Metadata

Record Last Modified: 2007-11-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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