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
Bloom Time: May, June, July, August
Bloom Color: purple, lavender, blue
Leaf Color: green
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 8
Pricing & Availability
Blephilia ciliataAlso known as:
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.
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
Propagate from seed. Offshoots can be dug up and transplanted. Because of their taproots, mature plants are best left undisturbed.
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
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
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