NARROWLEAF (OR SLENDER) MOUNTAIN MINT(*)

Pycnanthemum tenuifolium

In the mint family—Lamiaceae.  Named for its very narrow leaves (l/4 in.) on an erect stem.  Abundant clustering flowers from white to lavender with purple spots.  Leaves fragrant.  Spreads easily.  All parts of the plant emit a strong mint aroma when crushed.  Used to make teas.  Its nectar attracts native bees, bumblebees, honey bees, and butterflies. Wonderful in rain gardens or pollinator gardens and meadows. Drought and deer resistant.  Note that the essential mint oils are toxic to your dog.

SPECS: Native Name: XXXX; Genus: Pycnanthemum; Species: Tenuifolium; Plant Type: Wildflower; Life Cycle: Perennial; Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade; Soil Moisture: Mesic (middle), Medium Dry, Dry; Height: 2′ — 3′; Spread: 2′; Plant Spacing: 3′; Bloom Time: July — September; Bloom Color: Lavender, White; Advantages: Showy; USDA Zone: 4 — 8; Attracts: Bumblebees, Butterflies, Honey bees; Tolerant: Clay, Deer, Drought, Erosion, Rocky soil; Plant Community: Goes well with Little Bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), Stiff Goldenrod (Oligoneuron rigidum), Prairie Dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis) & Yellow Coneflower (Echinacea paradoxa).;