Theodore Payne California Native Plant Database

Monardella macrantha ssp. macrantha

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Monardella macrantha
Monardella macrantha
Monardella macrantha
Monardella macrantha

Species Name: Monardella macrantha ssp. macrantha
Common Name: Scarlet Pennyroyal

Large red flowers and fragrant foliage distinguish this Monardella. Does best in partial sun with moderate water. Large flowers attract butterflies. Very formal looking, gorgeous perennial. Sensitive roots---plant with care.

Plant Family: Lamiaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 1' H x 2' W
Growth Habit: Tufted, spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Part sun to part shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Moderate
Cold Hardy to: 6,000'
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: Red
Distribution: Southern Coast Ranges, Transverse Ranges, Peninsular Ranges, Baja, CA
Natural Habitat: Chaparral, woodland, forest. Elevation: 1,800-6,000'

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Care and Maintenance

  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "Grows 5 to 12 inches high from creeping woody rootstocks. Bright scarlet flowers in summer. Requires a mellow soil with some moisture and a little shade. Gallon cans, 50c."
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