Thursday, 21 August 2014

Lavendar puff balls?...Coyote Mint!

This coast range California native makes a nice 2'x2' trailing groundcover for dry situations & besides being so pretty, it's fuzzy grey-green f liage is extremely minty-scented, keeping the deer away!  I'm happy to report it's long blooming, too! The 1"lavender puff balls make their show July thru August, providing nectar for our fluttering friends.  Cut back in Winter for compact appearance.  Found in oak woodlands & chaparrel (vegetation consisting chiefly of tangled shrubs/thorny bushes), this plant can grow in sand, clay or serpentine soil high (concentrations of nickel and chromium [a hard white metal]) & also does well on dry slopes. Spanish Californians used the leaves as a tea to treat sore throats!

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