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Blephilia ciliata (L.) Benth.
Downy Pagoda-plant, Sunny Woodmint, Ohio Horsemint
Lamiaceae (Mint Family)
USDA Symbol: BLCI
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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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: 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
Native Distribution: VT to WI & IA, s. to GA & e. TX
Native Habitat: Thin woods and meadows; granitic or limestone sites.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil pH: Acidic (pH<6.8)
Soil Description: Well-drained soils.
BenefitFragrant Flowers: yes
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial 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.
PropagationDescription: Propagate by division.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Natural Biodiversity - Johnstown, PA
BibliographyBibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski
Bibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
Bibref 1294 - The Midwestern Native Garden: Native Alternatives to Nonnative Flowers and Plants An Illustrated Guide (2011) Adelman, Charlotte and Schwartz, Bernard L.
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Web ReferenceWebref 80 - Illinois Wildflowers (2002) John Hilty
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Blephilia ciliata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Blephilia ciliata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Blephilia ciliata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-12-14
Research By: TWC Staff