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 col 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.
Harvested in mid- to late July 2022. At least 20 seeds.
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