Monardella odoratissima Benth.
Alpine mountainbalm, Coyote mint, Mountain monardella, Mountain pennyroyal
Lamiaceae (Mint Family)
USDA Symbol: mood
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: 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.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Sandy soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
PropagationDescription: Propagate by cutting, divisions or seed. Seed sown fresh does not need treatment.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Monardella odoratissima in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Monardella odoratissima in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Monardella odoratissima
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff