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Monardella villosa  Benth.
Coyote mint
Monardella villosa is a perennial herb that is native to California, and also found elsewhere in western North America.
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Genus: Monardella
Family: Lamiaceae  
Category: angiosperm  
PLANTS group:Dicot
Jepson eFlora section: eudicot

Communities: Northern Coastal Scrub, Closed-cone Pine Forest, Redwood Forest, Douglas-Fir Forest, Mixed Evergreen Forest, Northern Oak Woodland, Foothill Woodland
Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Information about  Monardella villosa from other sources
Nursery availability from CNPLX
This plant is available commercially.
Jepson eFlora

USDA PLANTS Profile (MOVI2)

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[Wikipedia] Description, Subspecies, Uses: Monardella villosa forms a small bush or matted groundcover tangle of hairy mint-scented foliage. It produces rounded inflorescences of small, thready, bright lavender or pink flowers.[1] It is a perennial subshrub and flowers from May to August.[2] Subspecies Subspecies include:[3] Monardella villosa ssp. franciscana Monardella villosa ssp. obispoensis Monardella villosa ssp. villosa Uses The flowers are attractive to butterflies,[1] with the nectar providing a food source for them. This plant was used by the indigenous peoples of California as a remedy for stomach upset, respiratory conditions, and sore throat. It may also be steeped into a bitter mint tea.[1] (contributed by Mary Ann Machi)


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Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation, with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals. [web application]. 2024. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: 05/19/2024).