Blephilia ciliata (Downy Wood Mint) [20 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds only for gardeners who have experience with seeds that require a natural or artificial chilling period.

The easiest way to get these seeds started is to surface-sow them in fall to mid winter, setting them outdoors so they can get a cold period and then germinate when conditions are right in spring. If you purchase the seeds after the optimal outdoor sowing period, you could try giving them an artificial chilling period of about 2 months.

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Downy wood mint (Blephilia ciliata) has many good features, including lightly fragrant foliage and pretty flowers that attract a variety of pollinators. It blooms mostly in early to midsummer, holding its purplish pink blooms in tiered whorls along the top of the upright, 1- to 2-foot-tall stems. It does tend to look a bit rough by late summer, though, so I recommend cutting the stems close to the ground then. (Or, leave the seedheads, if you don’t mind that the plants are likely to self-sow.) New basal foliage is usually already growing at that point, and it tends to persist through the winter, sometimes taking on a reddish blush in cool conditions. Downy wood mint can spread by rhizomes, but in my experience, it’s not nearly as aggressive as other spreading mints can be: it’s more like a gradually expanding clump. And, it is reportedly deer-resistant. Native to many parts of the eastern half of North America. Full sun to partial shade; average to dryish soil. Perennial; Zones 4 to 8.

Collected in early to mid August 2023. At least 20 seeds. Shipping to US addresses only.

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