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Blephilia hirsuta - (Pursh) Benth.

Common Name Hairy wood-mint or hairy pagoda plant
Family Lamiaceae
USDA hardiness 4-7
Known Hazards None Known
Habitats Occurs in rich, moist, shady woods, slopes and valleys. Habitats include mesic deciduous woodlands, areas along woodland paths, woodland borders, woodland openings, limestone glades, and thickets.
Range Eastern and northcentral United States
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (2 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Blephilia hirsuta Hairy wood-mint or hairy pagoda plant

Blephilia hirsuta Hairy wood-mint or hairy pagoda plant


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Physical Characteristics

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Blephilia hirsuta is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.7 m (2ft 4in) by 0.4 m (1ft 4in) at a medium rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 4. The flowers are pollinated by Bees, Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid and neutral soils and can grow in very acid soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

UK Hardiness Map US Hardiness Map


B. brevipes Raf. B. hirsuta f. albiflora House. B. hirsuta var. glabra Fernald. B. hirsuta var. hirsuta. B. lanceolata Raf. B. nepetoides Raf. Monarda hirsuta Pursh.

Plant Habitats

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Leaves. Minty leaves eaten raw and used in teas. The fresh or dried leaves are used for tea [1-4].

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Medicinal Uses

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None Known

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Other Uses

A strong scented plant that may act as an aromatic pest confuser reducing their ability to find other nearby crops [1-3]. A good plant for food forests, wild, native plant or open woodland gardens.

Special Uses

Food Forest

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Cultivation details

An herbaceous perennial of the mint family. Hairy wood mint prefers rich moist to mesic soil in hardwood forests, along streams and rivers, in forest openings and thickets underlain by limestone, and is occasionally found near wetlands. A rich loamy soil with decaying leaf mold is ideal. It likes partial sun or light shade. Forests with infrequent, low-intensity disturbances (i.e., gap dynamics) are ideal. This species also grows in soil that is somewhat rocky. For polyculture design as well as the above-ground architecture (form - tree, shrub etc. and size shown above) information on the habit and root pattern is also useful and given here if available. The plant growth habit is a clumper with limited spread [1-2]. Fibrous shallow roots. Bloom Time: May to September (Northern Hemisphere). Flower are Showy and the leaf is fragrant.

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Plant Propagation

Propagate by division or by Seed

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Hairy wood-mint, hairy pagoda plant, Cherokee mint

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Blephilia ciliataDowny wood mintPerennial0.7 4-7 FLMSNDM312

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.


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