Monardella odoratissima

Family: Lamiaceae


Native to: Western United States


Type: perennial

Form: prostrate

Max height: 1 foot

Max width: 1 foot


magenta/purple, pink, white/off white




Attracts wildlife: adult butterfly, specific butterfly species

Exposure: sun

Landscape uses: container, flower fragrant

Propagates by: seed

flowers in summer

Soil types: gravelly or rocky, well drained

USDA Zones: zone 9 to +20 f, zone 10 to +30 f

Temp. range: +20 to +40 °F

Water: drought tolerant

  • Monardella odoratissima

There are 54 species of Monardella, a Lamiaceae. Three Monardella are perennials, each with its own common name. They grow in Zones 9-10. Many Monardella are wildflowers and some are consumed as tea. A few that grow 1-2 feet tall are cultivated – including Monardella macrantha, odoratissima, and villosa. Some are drought tolerant. Monardella grow from seed, division, or cutting, and is summer flowering.

Monardella attracts
Papilio eurymedon, Pale Swallowtail
Papilio rutulus, Western Tiger Swallowtail
Vanessa virginiensis, American Lady

Container plants that attract adult butterflies - perennial

This plant is one of 186 perennials suitable to grow in a container that will attract adult butterflies. 38 of these plants attract birds and 67 attract specific butterfly species. They can be found in every height range – from tiny to large – from less than a foot high to over 10 feet tall. 19 of these plants are drought tolerant, more than 80 are available for dry or moderate watering conditions. 29 are deciduous, while 71 are evergreen. Some can grow in Zone 2, while the others grow in Zones 3-11. 178 perennial plants that attract butterflies and can be grown in containers in Zone 9. 77 can be used as cut flowers. They come in any one of the available flower colors.

We have found that, when given a choice, butterflies and bees frequent named species more often than cultivars. You may want to keep this in mind when you select plants for your garden if your goal is to attract and support these insects.

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