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Monardella odoratissima - Benth.

Common Name Mountain Pennyroyal, Mountain monardella
Family Lamiaceae or Labiatae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Open wet or dry, often rocky places at low to moderate elevations[204].
Range Western N. America - Washington to California.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Frost Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Monardella odoratissima Mountain Pennyroyal, Mountain monardella


Monardella odoratissima Mountain Pennyroyal, Mountain monardella
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Monardella odoratissima is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Tea.

The fresh or dried aromatic leaves and flower heads are steeped in cold water to make a refreshing mint-like tea[183].

Medicinal Uses



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Carminative;  Febrifuge;  Ophthalmic.

The plant is carminative and febrifuge[257]. A decoction of the stems and flower heads has been used in the treatment of flatulence and other digestive upsets, colds and fevers[257]. The decoction is also used as an eye wash for sore or inflamed eyes[257].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Prefers a moist but well-drained sandy soil[1, 200]. Requires a sunny position[200]. Strongly resents excessively cold damp soils in the winter[200]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[200]. A very polymorphic species, there are many sub-species[200].

Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring. Large divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer. Cuttings of semi-ripe shoots, July in a frame[200].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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