Mondarella macrantha

Mondarella macrantha

Joined: January 29th, 2006, 5:12 pm

June 15th, 2012, 5:50 pm #1

I'm always looking for interesting container plants for hummingbirds since we do so much container gardening due to our clay soil. I thought I'd give this California wildflower called Mondarella macrantha a try. It started blooming last week. The hummers haven't found it yet, but here's a photo:



I purchased it from Sweet Nectar Nursery, but here's a link to it at High County Gardens too:

http://www.highcountrygardens.com/index ... ct_id/4503
http://www.sweetnectarnursery.com/index ... cts_id=618

It's in morning sun and afternoon shade. I have to admit that I was not expecting it to live or ever bloom in our climate (we've had up and down success with California native plants in Wisconsin.)



Kathi and Michael Rock
Madison, Wisconsin
Zone 4/5
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Joined: March 5th, 2006, 2:03 am

June 15th, 2012, 6:50 pm #2

You guys sure do try different plants. This one said zones 6-9 and only blooms once. I hope it's a good one for you. You have it in a pot, no?

Central Florida 9B
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June 15th, 2012, 6:57 pm #3

I'm always looking for interesting container plants for hummingbirds since we do so much container gardening due to our clay soil. I thought I'd give this California wildflower called Mondarella macrantha a try. It started blooming last week. The hummers haven't found it yet, but here's a photo:



I purchased it from Sweet Nectar Nursery, but here's a link to it at High County Gardens too:

http://www.highcountrygardens.com/index ... ct_id/4503
http://www.sweetnectarnursery.com/index ... cts_id=618

It's in morning sun and afternoon shade. I have to admit that I was not expecting it to live or ever bloom in our climate (we've had up and down success with California native plants in Wisconsin.)



Kathi and Michael Rock
Madison, Wisconsin
Zone 4/5
I first got Monardella macrantha from The Shop in the Sierra, run by Carl Stephens, a ranger from Yosemite. It seems to have a citrusy scent, and is relatively easy to grow, provided you have sharp drainage.

Keep it in cool, bright sunshine and away from excessive humidity and rain. It will grow nicely in the greenhouse.

I was invited to give a Salvia talk at Mourning Cloak Ranch back in 1994 and met both Ed and Marion Simpson.

FWIW, both Ed and Carl have rich baritone voices, similar to Gene Autrey and the late Doc Watson
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June 15th, 2012, 8:40 pm #4

I'm always looking for interesting container plants for hummingbirds since we do so much container gardening due to our clay soil. I thought I'd give this California wildflower called Mondarella macrantha a try. It started blooming last week. The hummers haven't found it yet, but here's a photo:



I purchased it from Sweet Nectar Nursery, but here's a link to it at High County Gardens too:

http://www.highcountrygardens.com/index ... ct_id/4503
http://www.sweetnectarnursery.com/index ... cts_id=618

It's in morning sun and afternoon shade. I have to admit that I was not expecting it to live or ever bloom in our climate (we've had up and down success with California native plants in Wisconsin.)



Kathi and Michael Rock
Madison, Wisconsin
Zone 4/5
I looked at your links. I do have to say that I like how it looks. What a fun plant to try!

Linsey
MN
USDA hardiness zone 4b
Heat zone 5
Sunset zone 43
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Joined: January 29th, 2006, 5:12 pm

June 15th, 2012, 9:01 pm #5

I'm always looking for interesting container plants for hummingbirds since we do so much container gardening due to our clay soil. I thought I'd give this California wildflower called Mondarella macrantha a try. It started blooming last week. The hummers haven't found it yet, but here's a photo:



I purchased it from Sweet Nectar Nursery, but here's a link to it at High County Gardens too:

http://www.highcountrygardens.com/index ... ct_id/4503
http://www.sweetnectarnursery.com/index ... cts_id=618

It's in morning sun and afternoon shade. I have to admit that I was not expecting it to live or ever bloom in our climate (we've had up and down success with California native plants in Wisconsin.)



Kathi and Michael Rock
Madison, Wisconsin
Zone 4/5
It is in a large pot with other proven hummer favorites and will stay in that pot over the winter in our sunroom where it will hopefully return next spring. It will be interesting to see if hummers will find and use it. I'll keep you posted.

Very few really great plants for hummers are hardy in our zone. We love to try new things though and whatever doesn't work out in the ground or is an annual for us can easily be grown in a pot on our hot cement driveway. My motto is "you never know until you try."





Kathi and Michael Rock
Madison, Wisconsin
Zone 4/5

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Joined: October 18th, 2005, 8:20 pm

June 15th, 2012, 10:23 pm #6

I'm always looking for interesting container plants for hummingbirds since we do so much container gardening due to our clay soil. I thought I'd give this California wildflower called Mondarella macrantha a try. It started blooming last week. The hummers haven't found it yet, but here's a photo:



I purchased it from Sweet Nectar Nursery, but here's a link to it at High County Gardens too:

http://www.highcountrygardens.com/index ... ct_id/4503
http://www.sweetnectarnursery.com/index ... cts_id=618

It's in morning sun and afternoon shade. I have to admit that I was not expecting it to live or ever bloom in our climate (we've had up and down success with California native plants in Wisconsin.)



Kathi and Michael Rock
Madison, Wisconsin
Zone 4/5
You are a couple of days ahead of me. Mine went in late as I dithered around wondering what to do with them. One is in a pot in part shade and two others under the protection of a yellow twigged dogwood. Just yesterday I was surprised to see flower-heads forming.

You are right about the smell, a smell I don't quite like.
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Joined: March 1st, 2006, 9:38 pm

June 16th, 2012, 1:05 pm #7

I'm always looking for interesting container plants for hummingbirds since we do so much container gardening due to our clay soil. I thought I'd give this California wildflower called Mondarella macrantha a try. It started blooming last week. The hummers haven't found it yet, but here's a photo:



I purchased it from Sweet Nectar Nursery, but here's a link to it at High County Gardens too:

http://www.highcountrygardens.com/index ... ct_id/4503
http://www.sweetnectarnursery.com/index ... cts_id=618

It's in morning sun and afternoon shade. I have to admit that I was not expecting it to live or ever bloom in our climate (we've had up and down success with California native plants in Wisconsin.)



Kathi and Michael Rock
Madison, Wisconsin
Zone 4/5
I, too, am taking a gambit with it this year. I plan to try it in a pot to overwinter in the garage. It grows in the same Southern California mountains that Salvia pachyphylla grows in. I hope that is not a bad omen--Salvia pachyphylla is so unhappy when grown out here. I'd been wanting to try the Monardella for years and finally pulled the trigger this year when it became available through High Country Gardens. I follow one of the California native plant listserves and one of the recurring threads is how difficult it is to successfully grow Monardella macrantha--and that is in California! Oh, well--nothing ventured, nothing gained!

Donald

Zone 4 Red Wing MN
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Donald
Red Wing MN
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June 19th, 2012, 6:44 am #8

I'm always looking for interesting container plants for hummingbirds since we do so much container gardening due to our clay soil. I thought I'd give this California wildflower called Mondarella macrantha a try. It started blooming last week. The hummers haven't found it yet, but here's a photo:



I purchased it from Sweet Nectar Nursery, but here's a link to it at High County Gardens too:

http://www.highcountrygardens.com/index ... ct_id/4503
http://www.sweetnectarnursery.com/index ... cts_id=618

It's in morning sun and afternoon shade. I have to admit that I was not expecting it to live or ever bloom in our climate (we've had up and down success with California native plants in Wisconsin.)



Kathi and Michael Rock
Madison, Wisconsin
Zone 4/5
Hummingbird Coyote Mint...quite the name! But the flowers ARE very intriguing. My first thought about trying to grow it here would be put it in a hanging wall planter & mount the planter beneath the eaves of the house roof to keep it out of the rain!

I'm getting pretty good at talking myself out of plants that much prefer warmer environments.

Patrick
USDA Zone 8b
Heat Zone 3
Sunset Zone 5
SeaTac, WA...one cool place
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