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Desert Mint
Monardella odoratissima ssp. glauca
About Desert Mint (Monardella odoratissima ssp. glauca) 1 Nurseries Carry This Plant Monardella glauca is a species of flowering plant in the mint family known by the common name pale monardella. It is native to the western United States where it grows in many types of habitat. It is quite variable in appearance. In general, it is a perennial herb producing one or more greenish, grayish, or purplish stems which may be hairy to hairless, waxy, or bristly in texture. The oval leaves are oppositely arranged about the stem. The flower cluster is a head of several flowers blooming in a cup of purple-tinged leafs. The flowers are purple to reddish in color and one to two centimeters long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Flower Color
Flower Color

Flowering Season
Flowering Season

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 6 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade


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

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Rocky openings

Annual Precipitation: 6.5" - 141.0", Summer Precipitation: 0.30" - 4.96", Coldest Month: 10.8" - 48.4", Hottest Month: 34.1" - 74.1", Humidity: 0.50" - 28.26", Elevation: 494" - 14090"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Blue Monardella, Gray Monardella, Pale 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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