Blephilia ciliata

Downy Wood Mint

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Item #: 17371

Zones: 4a to 8b, at least

Dormancy: Winter

Height: 18" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: United States

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)


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Blephilia ciliata is a little-known clumping mint cousin, native from Vermont south to Georgia and west to Texas, where it occurs in open woods and meadows. In form, Blephilia ciliata is a woodland version of bee balm without the pesky spreading tendency. Downy wood mint forms a 1.5' tall x 1.5' wide clump of upright hairy stems, topped, starting for us in mid-May with whorls of lavender flowers. Like its cousin, bee balm, Blephilia ciliata is a favorite of native bees. Soils with average to slightly dry moisture levels are ideal. Medicinally, Blephilia was used by Native Americans as a headache treatment, and for culinarily uses, the foliage is both eaten and used to brew teas.