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Ohio Horsemint(Blephilia ciliata)

Ohio Horsemint(Blephilia ciliata)

Best grown in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade.


Blephilia ciliata, commonly called Ohio horsemint, is a native perennial which occurs in dryish open woods and thickets, clearings, fields and roadsides in the eastern 2/3 of the State. A clump-forming, mint family member that features mostly unbranched, square stems which rise to 30" tall. Blue-purple, two-lipped flowers appear in late spring to mid-summer in several tiered, whorled, globular clusters in an interrupted terminal spike, with each cluster being subtended by (resting upon) a whorl of fringed bracts. Similar in appearance to the closely related monardas. Lanceolate stem leaves are sessile, lightly-toothed, whitish-downy below and mildly fragrant when crushed. Leaves are usually considered to be lacking in the pungency and quality needed for use as a culinary herb. Small basal leaves and shoots remain green throughout the winter.

Genus name comes from the Greek blepharis meaning an eyelash for the bracts being


Native Range: Eastern United States

Zone: 4 to 8

Height: 1.00 to 2.50 feet

Spread: 0.75 to 1.50 feet

Bloom Time: May to August

Bloom Description: Blue, purple

Sun: Full sun to part shade

Water: Dry to medium

Maintenance: Medium

Flower: Showy

Tolerate: Drought, Dry Soil


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