Mountain Beebalm (Monardella odoratissima), packet of 20 seeds, Organic
Family: Mint (Lamiaceae)
Perennial, Hardy to Zones 3 to 9
(Coyote Mint) (errata: this was incorrectly listed as “Oregano de la Sierra” which is Monarda menthifolia, a different plant) Perennial miniature woody subshrub native to North America, occurring from northern California to Washington. Flowers lavender in showy globular whorls, sometimes as many as 3 to a stem, to 18 inches tall. Traditional use (TNAM): Stomachic, febrifuge, itchy eyes. Does well on a dry, rocky and sunny exposure–scree slopes, path, roadside or full-sun garden bed. The leaves give off a bright pennyroyal fragrance. They attract and feed butterflies. Space plants 1 foot apart.
20 seeds/pkt., Certified Organically Grown
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angelalk123 (verified owner) –
Hi richo and family, how many years do you think this plant comes back as a perennial? Thank you and Gods blessings upon you and your garden.
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Richo Cech –
Hello there! I don’t pretend to completely understand Monardella. In the best of circumstances, on a serpentine soil or in the rock garden, the plants become quite woody (although still essentially miniature in stature) and last years. I have one in a sandy tortuga that is 3-years-old and looking perky as we speak. However I’ve lost good ones for no apparent reason, although I do suspect insufficient drainage in the substrate. I’ve been playing with a potted individual in the greenhouse that needed some attention. Potted it up to a ceramic container and put it distantly under the lights. After a fortnight it was starting to fail and I removed it from under the lights and now it looks healthy again. So, I don’t know. Richo
I read in Crimson-sage.com that this monad attracts bees just as the others, but that it had a side benefit of being a deterrent to the Varroa mites that are such serious pests of our hives. Do you have any additional information or research on that? It would definitely be an added blessing! Thanks for your work and products!
Richo Cech –
Hi Rick, I think any of the mints are antiseptic and discourage mites. the monardella is quite piercing in its odor, similar to pennyroyal, which would also be a good choice. here’s a bit of research https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2532629/