Mountain Beebalm in the Landscape
Heidi Kratsch, Extension Ornamental Horticulture Specialist
Graham Hunter, Research Associate, Center for Water Efficient Landscaping
Description: This mound-forming perennial is typically seen in
higher elevations in the interior West. The lavender or rosepurple flowers are attractive to insects, especially bees and
In the mint family, its stems are sturdy and erect, and it emits a fragrant aroma of mint when brushed.
This plant is easy to establish and maintain in Intermountain West landscapes and is perfect for rock gardens.
|Native Habitat||Typically in higher elevation, rocky
areas at 6,000 to 11,000 feet
|Soil||Dry, rocky or sandy well drained|
|Cold Tolerance||Zones 3 - 8|
|Drought Tolerance||Medium; water one time per month in most Utah landscapes|
|Sun/Shade Preference||Full sun to part shade|
|Propagation||From seed, stem cuttings, or division|
|Maintenance||Clip off spent flowers for appearance and repeated bloom;
prune lightly in fall for a more compact appearance.
|Problems||No known cultural problems|
|Use in the Landscape||Borders, accents, rock gardens, ground cover|
|Foliage||Glossy, ovate leaves oppositely arranged on stems; vary in color
from dark green to blue-green
|Flowers||Showy, lavender or rose-purple
inflorescence (cluster of flowers)
arranged in a flower head
|Fruit (seedheads)||Smooth, brown nutlets (4)|
|Ultimate Size||1 foot tall x 2 feet wide|
|Rate of Growth||Fast; blooms in the first year|
|Plant Community||Subalpine, montane, foothills|
|Availability||“Utah’s Choice” selection, check local nurseries|
|Cultivars||None of ornamental value|
Cold-moist stratify seed for up to 90 days. Germinate in a soil-less, peat-based mix at a depth of ¼ inch.
seed may not need cold-stratification to germinate. Plant can be propagated from stem cuttings. Divide plants
every 3 to 5 years, as needed.
Photo credits: Graham Hunter
Bartow, Amy. 2008. Propagation protocol for production of Monardella odoratissima Benth. seeds; USDA
NRCS - Corvallis Plant Materials Center, Corvallis, In: Native Plant Network. URL:
http://www.nativeplantnetwork.org (accessed 3 January 2009). Moscow (ID): University of Idaho,
College of Natural Resources, Forest Research Nursery.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Native Plant Information Network (NPIN). 2008.
Utah Water-wise Plants (Utah Division of Water Resources). 2008. URL: http://www.waterwiseplants.utah.gov