Pussy Toes

Twenty Lakes Basin, Hoover Wilderness, California, July 2016

  • Monardella odoratissima Benth.
  • Alpine mountainbalm, Coyote mint, Mountain monardella, Mountain pennyroyal
  • Lamiaceae (Mint Family)
  • Synonym(s):
  • USDA Symbol: MOOD
  • USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Alpine mountain balm or coyote mint is a variable species with many subspecies across its range. A grayish, aromatic plant with erect, bunched, leafy stems bearing opposite leaves and topped by small, whitish to pale purple or pink flowers in a dense head. In general, its stems form large mats about 1 ft. high. In bloom, these are covered with flower heads, ranging in color from near white to bright blue-purple. The paired leaves are highly fragrant.

Coyote Mint has many races in the West, varying in density of foliage hairs, breadth of heads, and relative length of bracts and calyx.

http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=MOOD

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