Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina

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    Downy Wood Mint (Blephilia ciliata)
    Mint Family
    This clump forming member of the mint is much better behaved than its relatives, yet still makes for an excellent groundcover. The evergreen basal foliage takes on attractive hues of purple during the winter and makes a tight clump that keeps weeds at bay. Lavender blooms whorl up short stalks in late spring/early summer over a long bloom time. Like most members of the mint family, a very diverse array of pollinators can be seen visiting the small flowers. This mint tolerates full sun, but can also take on quite a bit of shade. It makes a great woodland edge plant or border plant. Aromatic leaves and flowers are both edible.
    Blooms: Lavender, 3-4 weeks, May-June
    Leaves: Green, with purple tones, simple, oblong, 1-3”, very hairy, evergreen basal foliage
    Height: 1-2’
    Space: 12-18"
    Soil: Average to dry, clay, rocky
    Exposure: Full-Part sun
    Fauna: Short and long tongue bees, flies, butterflies, moths
    Seeds: Small seeds tucked inside attractive dried flower heads
    Deer Resistance: High
    Zone: 4-8
    Native Status: NC native, uncommon in the Piedmont, rare in the Coastal Plains & Mountains
    Provenance: NC, seed grown