Lamiaceae
Monardella odoratissima

Western Mountain Balm

Stems erect, green or reddish. Leaves lance- to widely egg-shaped, entire, densely to sparsely hairy, green to gray, often tinted reddish. Flower heads flat, in a shallow cup of upright bracts, the outer bracts reflexed or spreading. Flowers pink, purple, lavender, or soft white, with woolly hairs on lobes of calyx. Grows in sagebrush and mountain forests at mid to high elevations.

  • Rarity: Common
  • Flowering Time: All Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 6--24 inches
  • Habitat: West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest, Shrub-Steppe
  • Found In: Mt. Rainier NP, Wallowas, Steens, Columbia Basin, Siskiyous, West Gorge, East Gorge
  • Native: Yes