AMERICAN MOUNTAIN MINT

Pycnanthemum virginianum

American Mountain Mint, Pycnanthemum virginanum is a fragrant pollinator magnet of the first order and ideal in attracting beneficial insects such as native cuckoo bees, sweat bees, potter wasps, tachinid flies, wedge-shaped beetles and pearl crescent butterflies. It makes for great borders and helps shield other plants from deer.

The plant is adaptable to various soil types and pH and are typically found growing on alkaline soils in the wild, but are tolerant of acidic soils and are surprisingly tolerant of moister soils along pond edges.

The leaves when crushed make a peppermint flavored and aromatic tea.  The Chippewa used this variety of mountain mint to season meat or broth.  According to National Institute of Health’s (NIH) studies, Mountain mint has a myriad of fringe benefits. It is used in herbalism to treat digestive tract disorders like mouth sores, bleeding gums, indigestion, colic, and flatulenceMountain mint is also useful for menstrual disorders.

 

SPECS: Native Name: Algonquin; Genus: Pycnanthemum; Species: Virginianum; Plant Type: Wildflower; Life Cycle: Perennial; Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade; Soil Moisture: Medium Dry, Well Drained; Height: 2′ — 3′; Spread: 1′; Plant Spacing: 1′; Bloom Time: July — September; Bloom Color: White; Advantages: Low maintenance; USDA Zone: 3 — 7; Attracts: Beneficial insects, Bumblebees, Butterflies, Honey bees, Potter wasps, Small black bees, Sweat bees; Tolerant: Deer, Drought, Dry soils; Plant Community: Companion plants include Joe Pye Weed, Red Cardinal Flower, Great Blue Lobelia, Purple Cone Flower & Black-eyed Susans.;