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Pycnanthemum virginianum

Virginia mountainmint

Nodding, reddish-pink to purplish globular flowers bloom from April-June above a deep-green mound of basal foliage. As flowers pass, seeds mature with long styles resembling a beard for a songbird treat. This plant is very drought tolerant and great for grouping in dry areas in sun or shade.

Benefits

  • Excellent nectar and pollen source for butterflies and other pollinators
  • Provides dense groundcover for wildlife
  • Seed heads provide winter cover for insects
  • Deer resistant
  • Vigorous, easy-to-grow plant that thrives in a wide variety of conditions

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Easy to grow in full sun or light shade. Appreciates consistently moist, well-drained soil. Grows well at the edge of woodlands. Leave the old seed heads and stems standing through the winter to provide shelter for wildlife. Can be aggressive, so plant with like plants such as bee balm and obedient plant.


Height
2-3 Feet

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Spread
1-1 Feet

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-7

Native Range

Gravelly shores, meadows, dry to wet thickets; Eastern N. America - Virginia to New England, north to North Dakota.

Native Trivia

Mountain Mint is loaded with pulegone, the same insect repellent found in pennyroyal. It can be rubbed on the skin to repel mosquitoes!

Characteristics & Attributes

Sun
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Plan Sub Group
Medium Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Soil
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Dry
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Bloom Time
Late Summer
Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Native Habitat
Grassland
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Bog, water garden
Erosion control
Fragrant
Mass plant
Naturalizes
Native to
Alabama
Florida
Georgia
Mississippi
North Carolina
South Carolina
Virginia