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Common Name: Coyote Mint
Monardella villosa is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.30 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
South-western N. America.
Dry rocky or gravelly places below 900 metres in scrub and pine forests[
Prefers a moist but well-drained sandy soil[
]. Requires a sunny position[
]. Strongly resents winter wet[
This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[
The fresh or dried aromatic leaves and flower heads are steeped in cold water (but should not be boiled) to make a refreshing clear tea. It has a sweet spicy aroma and a slightly bitter mint-like flavour[
An infusion of the leaves has been used in the treatment of stomach aches[
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
Division in spring. Large divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer.
Cuttings of semi-ripe shoots, July in a frame[