APPALACHIAN MOUNTAIN MINT

Pycnanthemum flexuosum

Appalachian Mountain Mint, Pycnanthemum flexuosum  is an under-used, multifaceted plant. Native to the Southern Appalachians, this plant grows 2 to 3 feet tall and spreads 3 to 4 feet in hardiness zones 6 to 9. Its aromatic, white, tuft-like flowers bloom summer to fall and attract butterflies and other pollinators. The fragrant foliage has a hint of red along the margins and is resistant to deer browsing.

Unlike many other mints, Appalachian Mountain Mint will not take over the garden. It is a clump species and spreads slowly through rhizomes, which is great for helping with soil erosion. Plant in well-drained soils with full to part-sun conditions.

Appalachian Mountain Mint looks nice in naturalized areas, meadows, mass plantings in the landscape, or near vegetable gardens to entice pollinators. Since the flower is showy, it also makes a nice cut flower. To add winter interest to your garden, resist cutting back the spent seed heads. These can add an element of texture to the landscape and are a beautiful addition to dried wreaths and arrangements.

Medicinal Uses: The leaves and flowering stems are popularly used in the treatment of bowel complaints. A hot infusion of the plant is diaphoretic. The plant is also used internally in the treatment of stomach upsets, fevers, colds and sinus headaches

SPECS: Genus: Pycnanthemum ; Species: Flexuosum; Plant Type: Wildflower; Life Cycle: Perennial; Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade; Soil Moisture: Wet, Medium Wet; Height: 2′ — 3′; Spread: 2′; Plant Spacing: 2′ — 3′; Bloom Time: July — September; Bloom Color: Lavender, White; Advantages: Low maintenance, Medicinal uses, Pollinators, Showy; USDA Zone: 5 — 8; Attracts: Beeflies, Beneficial insects, Butterflies, Songbirds; Tolerant: Clay, Deer, Drought, Heat & humidity, Wet soils; Plant Community: Companion & understudy plants: Try pairing with Monarda bradburiana, Rudbeckia hirta, Liatris spicata, Schizachyrium scoparium or Andropogon gerardii.;