BLUNT MOUNTAIN MINT (*)

pycnanthemum muticum

A native perennial in the mint family. Commonly found in woodland areas preferring moist to medium well-drained soil.  Leaves emit a strong spearmint fragrance when crushed.  Many varieties of Pychanthemum were used by native Americans for medicinal uses; Commercial teas are made from many varieties.  However, according to National Institute of Health studies, P. muticum contains pulegone which should not be ingested.  However, rubbing the leaves on clothing apparently deters chiggers and ticks.  Perhaps this is why it is considered a deer deterrent.

SPECS: Native Name: XXXX; Genus: Pycnanthemum ; Species: Muticum; Plant Type: Forb, Herb, Wildflower; Life Cycle: Perennial; Sun Exposure: Full Sun; Soil Moisture: Mesic (middle), Medium Dry, Dry; Height: 1′ — 3′; Spread: 2′; Plant Spacing: 1′ — 3′; Bloom Time: July — September; Bloom Color: Pink; Advantages: Medicinal uses, Pollinators; USDA Zone: 4 — 8; Attracts: Bumblebees, Honey bees, Skippers; Tolerant: Deer; Plant Community: Blunt Mountain Mint looks lovely massed in perennial borders alongside tall Coreopsis, Blazing Star, and ornamental grasses.;