Noted for its pleasant mint scent, Monardella villosa (Coyote Mint) is a small perennial forming a bushy mound of oval-shaped, soft, light fuzzy grayish-green leaves. They are topped by a profusion of small, bright lavender or pink flowers in dense spherical flower heads from late spring to alate summer. Nectar-rich, the blossoms are attractive to insects, especially bees and butterflies. Found across California in chaparral, coastal sage scrub, and in various forest habitats.
Coyote Mint is easy to grow and adds a refreshing presence in the landscape. The plant is evergreen but will shed its foliage during the hottest months if drought stressed. Quite compact, Coyote Mint can be used at the front of a dry border, along a waling path, in containers, herb gardens or rock gardens.
Coyote Mint was used by Native Americans as a remedy for stomach upset, respiratory conditions, and sore throat.
The genus Monardella was named for the Spanish physician and botanist Nicolás Bautista Monardes (1493-1588) who was interested in the medicinal uses of plants.
- Grows up to 12-24 inches tall and 24-36 inches wide
- Performs best in full sun or partial shade in a variety of well-drained soils. Drought-tolerant once established
- No serious pest or pest or disease issues
- Cut back lightly in fall to promote bushy growth
- Propagated from seed