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Ohio Mint

Blephilia ciliata

Interesting pagoda-like seed structures; blooms attract many pollinators including honey & bumble bees


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Blephilia ciliata, commonly called Ohio Mint, Downy Woodmint, or Ohio horsemint, is a native perennial forb (wildflower) which occurs in dryish open woods and thickets, clearings, fields and roadsides. 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.

Wildlife notes

Ohio mint 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. The small seeds are unlikely to be of much interest to birds, nor is the foliage an attractive source of food to mammalian herbivores.

Forage notes

Livestock tend to avoid plants in the mint family.

Landscaping notes

This plant grows best in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. It tends to express itself best in wild, native plant or open woodland gardens. The seeds are quite small, and distributed by the wind to some extent.

Restoration notes

Habitats include mesic to dry black soil prairies, dolomite prairies, thickets, savannas, limestone bluffs, and limestone glades.

This species is commonly used in the following mixes: Shadows & Sunbeams Mix



Additional information

Weight N/A

Packet, Ounce, Pound


Full Sun to Part Shade


Dry, Average



Bloom Month

May, Jun



Specialty Uses

Butterfly, Landscaping, Cut Flower, Tea

# seeds/pkt


Packet coverage area

5 sq. ft

Life Cycle


What is PLS?

Pure Live Seed (PLS) is the portion of good viable seed per pound. It is a measure of the seed that is alive and able to sprout into plants. This product is sold by PLS ounce/pound. To provide one ounce/pound of viable seed, you will receive more than one ounce/pound of product. Read more about PLS here.