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Mountain Mint - Virginia
Mountain Mint - Virginia
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Mountain Mint - Virginia

Pycnanthemum virginianum
Native mountain mint is a fantastic pollinator-friendly plant that nurtures beneficial insects and butterflies with its generous clusters of bloom bursting with nectar and pollen. A member of the Lamiaceae family, the mints, its narrow dark green foliage possesses the pleasant scent of peppermint. Traditionally used by Indigenous people in the southeast as a remedy for coughs, today, it makes a lovely sight paired with bee balms in wild gardens, where it spreads moderately.
SKU #S1901
$3.25
Details
Approximate Seeds Per Packet
357
Lifecycle
Perennial
Perennial Hardiness Zone
3,
4,
5,
6,
7
Mature Size
2-3' h x 1-1.5' w
Sun
Full sun
Soil
Regular, well-drained
Season
Summer to fall
Color
Pure white
Features
Scented Leaves
Great Cut Flower
Deer Resistant
Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Bees
Attracts Hummingbirds
SOWING INSTRUCTIONS
Depth:
Surface sow, requires light to germinate.
Sprout Time:
14-30 days
Starting Indoors:
Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Keep at 65-70F. Cover seed with a light cover of vermiculite, or a humidity dome to retain moisture.
Starting Outdoors:
Direct sow after frost.
WHEN TO SET OUTSIDE
After last frost.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Mountain mint attracts a wide array of pollinators, providing nesting sites and abundant nectar and pollen resources over its extended summer bloom period. A valuable, deer-resistant addition to rain gardens, meadow gardens, as well as dry, sunny banks and seaside gardens, blooming best in full sun. While it spreads through rhizomes, it is not invasive. If desired, pruning the roots in spring with a spade can help prevent excessive spreading. Fragrant mountain mint is a top choice for attracting beneficial insects, supporting their thriving populations, and contributing to a healthier ecosystem.
Final Spacing:
1'
Water Requirements:
Medium Water Use
Watering Details:
1" per week
Soil pH:
Not particular about pH.
Fertilizer:
Mix in a couple of inches of compost prior to planting and topdress yearly in springtime.
Diseases & Pests:
No major pests or diseases.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Cut when most florets are in bud stage.