Chumash: qayas Español: Sauco
Origin: Coastal scrub communities, rocky slopes in California
Height: 1 foot
Flower color: pinkish to reddish purple
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Drought Tolerant: yes
Irrigation: low water needs
Coyote Mint is a perennial herb that forms a small bush or matted tangle of hairy mint-scented leaves. The fragrance is one of the best features of this plant. It grows in chaparral, coastal sage scrub, and various forest/woodland habitats.
Coyote mint is a good source of both pollen and nectar for native bees and bumblebees. It is also a nectar source for hummingbirds and butterflies. Butterflies seen on coyote mint include monarch, chalcedon checkerspot, ruddy copper, rural skipper, pale swallowtail and Western tiger swallowtail.
This plant is used by the Indigenous peoples of California as a remedy for stomach upset, respiratory conditions, and sore throat. It may also be steeped into a bitter mint tea. It smells like a minty toothpaste.