Scientific name
Perilla frutescens
Also Known As
Chinese basil, Perilla mint, Wild basil
Beefsteak plant is in the mint family and is native to Asia. It was most likely brought to the U.S. as a garden plant, but has turned into an invasive species. It blooms in the fall and has leaves that can vary from green to a deep reddish-purple.

Scientific name
Salvia mellifera
Also Known As
California black sage
An aromatic evergreen shrub with distinctive textured leaves like the sage used for cooking. The flowers form in dense, globe-shaped clusters. The floral tube and its lobes are white to light blue to lavender, and occasionally rose-colored. The upper 'lip' of the tube has two petal lobes while the lower 'lip' has three small lobes.

Scientific name
Monarda punctata
The actual flower of this mint is hidden under the pale lavender colored leaves. The tiny flower is yellow with purple spots. These flowers and leaves make-up the head-like spikes. This is also another nectar favorite of the Karner Blue Butterfly.

Scientific name
Salvia clevelandii
Also Known As
Blue sage, Cleveland sage, Jim sage
Fragrant sage is a fragrant perennial with a heavy set of blue flowers. Native to Southern California and northern Baja California, it can be found growing below 3,000 feet in California coastal and chaparral habitat.

Scientific name
Lamium amplexicaule
Also Known As
Common deadnettle
Henbit deadnettle is an herbaceous member of the mint family. It has a square stem, lower stemmed leaves that do not have flowers and upper leaves without stems that are located just below the pink to purple two-lipped flowers.

Scientific name
Salvia spathacea
This herbaceous plant has a woody base and a somewhat sprawling habit with upright flowering stems. The leaves are broad, quilted, light-green, and aromatic. The flower spikes rise above the leaves and bear large, tubular, magenta colored flowers. As its name suggests, this plant is often visited by hummingbirds.

Scientific name
Physostegia virginiana
This plant is known as the Obedient plant because if you push the flowers to the right or left, they will stay in the new position, at least temporarily. The flowers look like small snapdragons, but the square stem is a clue that this plant is in the Mint family.

Scientific name
Monarda fistulosa
Also Known As
Bee balm
Wild bergamot (also known as Bee-balm) is highly aromatic. Because it is part of the mint family, the stems of Wild bergamot are square with gray-green foliage. Its flowers generally bloom between June and September.