VIRGINIA MOUNTAIN MINT

Pycnanthemum virginianum

Virginia Mountain Mint, Pycnanthemum virginianum is great for attracting ridiculous amounts of pollinators.  It will tolerate most soils: loam, sand, clay, or gravel. During drought, the lower leaves can yellow and fall off. The plant will add interest to an herb garden, border, naturalized area or meadow and can also be grown in open areas near ponds and streams.

USES: Crushed Mountain Mint flowers are placed on tooth ache and almost instantly kills pain. Mountain Mint is a very aromatic herb is used in potpourri or burned as incense. Placed in a muslin bag it can be used as bath additive, and is said to be very soothing to irritated skin. Will freshen laundry when used in the dryer.

SPECS: Genus: Pycnanthemum ; Species: Virginianum; Plant Type: Herb; Life Cycle: Perennial; Sun Exposure: Part Shade; Soil Moisture: Medium Wet, Well Drained; Height: 1′ — 3′; Spread: 3′; Plant Spacing: 1′ — 2′; Bloom Time: July — September; Bloom Color: Purple, White; Advantages: Forage production, Medicinal uses, Pollinator conservation, Pollinators; USDA Zone: 3 — 7; Attracts: Bumblebees, Butterflies, Honey bees, Potter wasps, Skippers, Small black bees, Songbirds, Sweat bees; Tolerant: Clay, Deer, Rabbits, Rocky soil; Plant Community: Mint and Basil go well together as mint repels aphids and beetles.;