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Hairy Wood Mint
Blephilia hirsuta

Hairy Wood Mint spreads by rhizomes and forms dense colonies, preferring partial sun and moist soil conditions. It has mint-scented leaves and clusters of small white flowers that are primarily pollinated by long-tongued bees.

USDA symbol: BLHI

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height3 feet
Light ExposureSun, Part Sun
Soil MoistureDry, Medium
Bloom ColorWhite
Hairy Wood Mint (Hairy Wood Mint<div><em class="small">Blephilia hirsuta</em></div>)
Photo credit: Minnesota Wildflowers (Click to enlarge)


Flooding / Inundation ToleranceLow
General Resilience7
Salt ToleranceNone
Stress ToleranceAcidic Conditions

Pollinator Value: Very High

Bloom MonthsJune to July
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Provides Nectar

Project Planning

Project TypeRain Garden
Coefficient of Conservatism5
Herbivore SensitivityMedium
Rate of SpreadSlow
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionClonal


CountyFillmore, Houston, Olmsted, Wabasha, Winona
EcoregionDriftless Area, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Lakes and Forests, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland