Pollinator Powerhouses: Pycnanthemum

 

Mountain Mint

Pycnanthemum muticum

Pycnanthemummuticum

Pycnanthemum muticum or blunt mountain mint is a herbaceous perennial that grows best in full sun to part shade. The best condition to grow the flowers is in full sun. Its preferred soil is most to medium moisture. Blunt mountain mint grows quickly and spreads through its rhizomes. The slow the spread, one may prune the roots in the spring. Mountain mint can grow grassy open places and low woodland areas, but does not grow well in alpine locations despite the name. The dark foliage have a strong spearmint fragrance. The light pink flowers attract butterflies and bees. The leaves can be used to make tea, and Native Americans have used mountain mint for treatment of fevers, stomach aches, and other ailments.

Latin Name: Pycnanthemum muticum
Common Name: Blunt Mountain Mint
Type: Herbaceous Perennial
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 1.00 to 3.00 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 3.00 feet
Bloom Time: June to September
Bloom Description: Pink
Sun: Full Sun to Part Shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Naturalize
Flower: Showy
Leaf: Fragrant
Attracts: Butterflies
Tolerate: Drought

 

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Narrowleaf Mountain Mint

Pycnanthemum tenuifolium

Pycnanthemum tenuifolium

Pycnanthemum tenuifolium is a herbaceous perennial and a variety of mountain mint. Narrowleaf Mountain Mint grows easily in dry to medium, well-drained soil. It prefers full sun to part shade. Pycnanthemum tenuifolium can be an aggressive grower but can be cut back by the roots. This variety of mountain mint grows in dry, open fields, rocky woods, and beside streams as opposed to alpine environments. The blooms are white and attract lots of pollinators while the leaves are thin and needle like. All parts of the plant emit a strong, mint-like fragrance.

Latin Name: Pycnanthemum tenuifolium
Common Name: Narrowleaf Mountain Mint
Type: Herbaceous Perennial
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Spread: 2.00 to 3.00 feet
Bloom Time: July to September
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun to Part Shade
Water: Dry to Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Naturalize, Rain Garden
Flower: Showy, Good Cut
Leaf: Fragrant
Attracts: Butterflies
Tolerate: Drought, Erosion, Clay Soil, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil
Information from Missouri Botanical Plant Finder
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