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Blephilia ciliata

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: sun, part-sun

Water Use: low, medium

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: neutral, rich, average, loam, clay, sand, gravel/rock

Height: 1'-2'

Bloom Time: May, June, July, August

Bloom Color: purple, lavender, blue

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8

Blephilia ciliata (downy pagoda-plant)
  • Blephilia ciliata (downy pagoda-plant)
  • Blephilia ciliata (downy pagoda-plant)
  • Blephilia ciliata (downy pagoda-plant)
  • Blephilia ciliata (downy pagoda-plant)

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Description

Blephilia ciliata

Also known as:

downy pagoda-plant

,

downy woodmint

,

Ohio horsemint

,

sunny woodmint

Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Blephilia ciliata is a member of the Mint family with very unusual flowers. They are whorled around the upper stem of the plant, forming stacked, saucer-like clusters of lavender flowers. This flower arrangement is reminiscent of the layered structure of pagodas, hence the common name. The green leaves are lanceolate, the stems are square, and both are downy. This plant is not particularly fragrant.

Cultivation

Blephilia ciliata is not an aggressively spreading mint. It has a taproot, making it well adapted to dry conditions, and moderately drought resistant. It will slowly spread by lateral rhizomes to form dense clumps. It is tolerant of a variety of soils, and performs best in full sun. Can be susceptible to powdery mildew, particularly if in an area with high humidity and poor air circulation. This plant can look ragged and unkempt after blooming, but can be cut back after the new basal foliage emerges in mid to late summer. The bloom period lasts a month, and can occur between May and August, depending on geographic location. Zones 5-8

Propagation

Propagate from seed. Offshoots can be dug up and transplanted. Because of their taproots, mature plants are best left undisturbed.

Additional Notes

A good choice for cottage gardens, perennial flower borders and rock gardens. Does not spread as aggressively as some other members of the Mint family.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, MI, MO, NC, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: MA, NY
  • Special Concern: CT
  • Threatened: IA

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Lamiales
Family Lamiaceae Mint family
Genus Blephilia pagoda-plant
Species Blephilia ciliata downy pagoda-plant