Downy Wood-mint

Botanical Name: Blephilia ciliata

Height: 50 cm

Bloom time: Early summer

Conditions: Full sun to light or part shade. Tolerant of dry soils. In the wild, mostly occurs on calcareous soils. Seems adaptable to diverse Ottawa area gardens, as long as it has enough sun.

Native to the Ottawa Valley or Eastern Ontario: No. It occurs in Ontario only in the southwest. My seed came from Minnesota. Although not locally native, this showy, nectar-rich flower is often included in Pollinator Gardens.

Wildlife Benefits: “The flowers attract long-tongued and short-tongued bees, bee flies, Syrphid flies, butterflies, and skippers. The numerous bee visitors include honeybees, bumblebees, Anthophorine bees, little carpenter bees, leaf-cutting bees, Halictine bees, masked bees, and others.” Illinois Wildflowers.

Remarks: Deer resistant.

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