Coyote mint, Monardella villosa, makes a nice tea. Besides being irresistible to bees, coyote mint is a butterfly magnet. According to Katherine Siva Saubel and Lowell Bean in Temalpakh, Cahuilla people made a tea for the relief of stomachaches. You can purchase coyote mint at Las Pilitas in San Diego County and Tree of Life Native Plant Nursery in Orange County.

I’m growing one plant for tea in my kitchen garden on my deck, and a couple of coyote mints in my garden for the butterflies and bees, along with other native mints, including yerba buena, Satureja douglasii; the rare San Diego willowy mint, Monardella linoides ssp. viminea; and mountain mint, Monardella odoratissma.

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  2. […] California. Also cultivated as an ornamental, it’s a great “butterfly magnet,” according to Deborah Small’s Ethnobotany Blog, and its tea can relieve a […]

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  3. Hello-
    Can this plant be used as an herb in cooking?
    jrocchio@sfsu.edu

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  4. deborah small July 7, 2010 at 7:50 am

    thanks julia. i’m constantly learning about these wonderful plant medicines as well.

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  5. Julia A Rivers July 6, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    thanks, I am learning alot obout medicines from your postings.

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