Russian River Coyote Mint (Monardella)

Monardella villosa 'Russian River' (Coyote Mint)is a superb native CA wildflower that blooms for several months in summer with showy ball-shaped pink-purple flowers. A small growing shrub that likes well drained soil in dry, full sun conditions, it has strongly fragrant evergreen foliage that repels browsing animals and attracts lots of bees and butterflies to its nectar-rich flowers.
Zones6 - 9
Bee Friendly
Attract Butterflies
Attract Birds
Easy To Grow
Good For Cut Flowers
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Good For Containers
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Water Tolerance
Mature Height 12-18" tall
Mature Spread15-18" wide
Bloom TimeSummer
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Item Package SizePlant - 5" Deep Pot

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Monardella villosa 'Russian River' (Coyote Mint) is long-blooming, coloring the garden with flowers for several months beginning in mid-summer. The strongly mint-scented evergreen leaves are a treat and give rise to large pink-purple ball-shaped flowers that are darker than is typical for Monardella villosa. The plant is a magnet for all types of bees and butterflies.  This is a small growing shrub that thrives in xeric conditions, likes full sun and grows well in infertile, well drained sandy, rocky or sandy-loam soils. It dislikes heavy clay or clay-loam. Nicely cold hardy to sub-zero winter temperatures. This is an improved selection of a native California Coyote Mint species.  Recommended companion plants include Furman’s Red Sage (Salvia ‘Furman’s Red’), Blackfoot Daisy (Melampodium leucanthum) and Prairie Gayfeather (Liatris punctata). Cold hardy in USDA zones 6-9, it is recommended for fall planting in the warmer winter areas (zones 7-9) only. In zone 6 and cooler, it needs to be spring planted to establish itself with the summer heat before winter. 15-18" wide x 12-18" tall. 

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Item Package Size
Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Common Name
'Russian River' Coyote Mint
Botanical Name
Monardella villosa 'Russian River'
6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color
Mature Height
12-18" tall
Mature Spread
15-18" wide
Bloom Time
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Average Soil, Clay Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Waterwise, Average
Bee Friendly, Attract Butterflies, Attract Birds, Native, Easy To Grow, Good For Cut Flowers, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good For Containers
Ideal Region
Northeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest, Coastal California
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Ships To Canada
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