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Blephilia ciliata (Downy pagoda-plant)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Blephilia ciliata

Blephilia ciliata (L.) Benth.

Downy Pagoda-plant, Sunny Woodmint, Ohio Horsemint

Lamiaceae (Mint Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

A woodland species forming a clump about 1-2 ft. tall. The lance-shaped leaves are whitish beneath. Numerous lavender, two-lipped flowers are crowded into whorled clusters in the axils of the upper leaves.

B. hirsuta is similar but taller; its landscape value reduced due to insect damage on leaves.


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Plant Characteristics

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

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AL , AR , CT , DE , GA , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , MD , MI , MO , MS , NC , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TN , VA , VT , WI , WV
Canada: ON
Native Distribution: VT to WI & IA, s. to GA & e. TX
Native Habitat: Thin woods and meadows; granitic or limestone sites.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Well-drained soils.


Fragrant Flowers: yes

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees
Supports Conservation Biological Control

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


Description: Propagate by division.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Natural Biodiversity - Johnstown, PA

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2015-08-26
Research By: TWC Staff

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