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NC Native Plant Society:
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Blephilia ciliata

Downy Woodmint, Downy Pagoda-plant, Ohio Horsemint

Scientific Name:

Blephilia ciliata

Genus:

Blephilia

Species Epithet:

ciliata

Common Name:

Downy Woodmint, Downy Pagoda-plant, Ohio Horsemint

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Blue, Purple

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

May, June, July

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Woodlands, meadows, forests, usually in circumneutral soils (over diabase, limestone, shell, etc.). Rare in NC mountains and coastal plain, uncommon in the piedmont.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

State Rank:

S3: Vulnerable (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

The inflorescence is a tiered array of whorls of small two-lipped lavender flowers stacked like a pagoda.

Will Stuart

Per Weakley et al, clusters of flowers rest on a whorl of fringed bracts.

Will Stuart

Paired leaves are lanceolate to elliptic, sparsely hairy, and fragrant; short petioles connect to a downy square stem.

Will Stuart

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

Vascular Plants of NC: https://auth1.dpr.ncparks.gov/flora/plant_list.php

Missouri Botanical Garden: http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=j530



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