Blephilia ciliata
(Ohio Horsemint)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Ohio Horsemint, Downy Wood Mint, Downy Pagoda Plant
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 4 - 8
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: May - July
    Status: Native

Blephilia ciliata, or Ohio Horsemint, is native to the eastern United States. It is a hardy perennial, which grows in dry open woods, fields, prairies and clearings. It blooms in late spring and early summer, with purple-white flowers with purple speckles.

The plant is most similar to its close cousin, Blephilia hirsuta, which can be distinguished by its leaves and stems. Blephilia hirsuta has stems that have obvious long hairs on them, while Blephilia ciliata may have some hairs but they are shorter and look more like fuzz. Additionally, the leaves of Blephilia hirsuta have a longer stem before the leaf begins, while those of Blephilia ciliata, the leaf begins almost immediately at the main stem of the plant; additionally, the shape and texture of the leaves is different: Blephilia ciliata has leaves that are fuzzy, long and almost oval-shaped; on the other hand, Blephilia hirsuta has leaves that are roughly oval shaped but come to a fine point at the end, and the leaves are usually not fuzzy.

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