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Desert Mint
Monardella australis
About Desert Mint (Monardella australis) Nurseries Show All Photos Monardella odoratissima (Mountain Coyote Mint or Mountain Pennyroyal) is a perennial flowering plant which grows in mountain forests and sagebrush scrub. It is a member of the Lamiaceae, or mint family. It has the minty odor characteristic of this family. Monardella odoratissima is found in montane forests above 600 meter. and below 3100 meter. It is found in many Northern California mountain ranges, including the Klamath Mountains and the North Coast Ranges, the Cascade Range, the Sierra Nevada, the Modoc Plateau, White Mountains and Inyo Mountains. It is found outside California, as far north as Washington, and east in Nevada.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
0.1 - 1 ft (0.03 - 0.3 m)

Flower Color
Lavender, Purple

Flowering Season
Summer, Fall

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
mountain forest and sagebrush scrub

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
918' - 10777'

Annual Precip. ?
8.3" - 52.6"

Summer Precip. ?
0.22" - 3.65"

Coldest Month ?
26.3° F - 51.6° F

Hottest Month ?
52.4° F - 78.8° F

Humidity ?
1.87 vpd - 26.92 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers sandy or decomposed granite soil


Butterflies ?


Landscaping Information
Ease of Care
Moderately Easy

Water Requirement ?
Extremely Low
Very Low
Moderate - High

Common uses
Bird Gardens, Hummingbird Gardens, Butterfly Gardens, Bee Gardens

Nursery Availability
Commonly Available

Other Names
Common Names
Southern Monardella

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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