Description: Hardy, North American perennial Small white flowers with fine purple spotting in mid to late summer; narrow, pointed leaves smell like mint when crushed; hairy leaves and stems
Habit: Grows 1-3 high and wide; clump-forming; may spread vigorously
Culture: Prefers full sun to part shade and dry to medium, well-drained soil; drought-tolerant once established
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4
Origin: Eastern and central North America
Attributes: Attracts bees and butterflies, deer resistant, fragrant foliage, culinary uses
Also known as American or Whorled Mountain Mint, this species is native to prairies, open woodlands, and roadsides from Ontario to Michigan to Iowa and south to Tennessee, Oklahoma and Arkansas. French botanist and friend of Thomas Jefferson, André Michaux, found the related species, P. muticum, in Pennsylvania in 1790 and named it Pycnanthemum or densely flowered from the Greek for dense (pyknos) and flowered (anthos). Like the other Mountain Mints, this is an excellent nectar plant that attracts pollinators and other beneficial insects. Plants are also deer resistant and can be rubbed on the skin to repel mosquitoes.
Arrives in a 6 pot.