Mountain Mint is another plant that gets a gold star from Jasmin! She enjoys observing the variety of insects that are attracted by the gentle minty aroma this plant emanates, including cool looking native wasps (they won’t bother you, they want the plant!) and a ton of other pollinators like butterflies and bees.
Pycnanthemum muticum lends a knockout texture and color to your garden with its silvery bracts (leaf-like petals) and blueish leaves, not to mention that lovely scent that will lead you straight to it.
Plan a spot for this lovely in full sun and average soils. As it is in the mint family it has the tendency to spread in optimal conditions, but is easily kept in check by root pruning in the spring.
Use: Use as a culinary mint substitute. Mojitos?!
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Pycnanthemum muticum (Clustered mountain mint)
SIZE: 1/2 quart pot type: herbaceous perennial sun needs: full sun, part sun/part shade water needs: height: 2-3' plant spacing: 2' distance bloom time: July, August, September bloom color: green
good plant companions
Black-eyed Susan, dense blazing star, little bluestem, big bluestem
edible part: Leaves, use as a substitute for culinary mint deer resistant (please note that does not mean deer proof)