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Russian River Coyote Mint (Monardella)

Monardella villosa 'Russian River'
SKU: HC017408
per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
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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.
key features
Botanical Name
Monardella villosa 'Russian River'
Growing Zones
Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Native, Bee Friendly, Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Birds, Easy To Grow, Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Container Planting
Soil Moisture
Waterwise, Average
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Mature Height
12-18" tall
Bloom Time


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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