Also called the short-toothed or blunt mountain mint, Pycnanthemum muticum is a top-rated pollinator plant that is valued for the sheer number and variety of pollinators it attracts.
- Long flowering season
- Leaves emit a lovely spearmint aroma when brushed against
- Deer and rabbit resistant
- 3 to 4 ft. tall
- Spreads via underground stems and can form colonies 4 to 6 ft. across
- Small cream-colored flowers are surrounded by silvery modified leaves, or bracts
- In the South, the basal growth (lower leaves) remain green through the winter
- Hardy in USDA hardiness zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9
In central North Carolina, flowering starts in mid-June and continues for about two months.
How to grow
Grow in full sun or part shade with at least 6 hours of direct sun to keep stems sturdy and upright. Plants tolerate a wide variety of soil types from dry to wet. To prevent plants from expanding outside their allotted space, avoid planting in fertile soil.
Care and maintenance
While clustered mountain mint is vigorous, it can easily be kept in bounds by annually taking a spade and digging around the perimeter of the plant. The pieces outside the perimeter are at or just below the soil level and are easy to pull up.
Where to plant
Perfect for those tough spots that are too demanding for other plants to grow. Grow in meadows, on steep banks, and at the edge of woods, where less-than-ideal conditions will keep a check on its vigor.
When to plant
Spring and the fall are the best times, but they can be planted in the summer if plants are watered until they get established.
Depending on how fast you want plants to fill in, space plants between 2 to 5 feet apart.
When will my plant flower?
Plants shipped in winter and spring will flower in the summer.
Native habitat and range
Low meadows and in moist open woodlands. Native in scattered locations throughout most of the eastern United States.
Source and origin
Plants are propagated from cuttings taken here at the nursery.
Leaves can be made into a refreshing herbal tea and was used historically by Native Americans to treat a wide variety of illnesses.
|States||Cost per order|
|AL, DE, GA, IL, IN, KY, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, and WV||$12|
|AR, CT, FL, IL, IN, LA, MA, MI, MO, MS, NH, RI, VT, and WI||$14|
|IA, KS, ME, MN, OK, and TX||$16|
|CO, NE, ND, and SD||$18|
Sorry, we can't ship plants outside of the continental United States or to AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NM, NV, OR, and WA due to agriculture restrictions.When will my order be shipped?
All plants are shipped from our nursery in central North Carolina. We ship orders at the beginning of the week so they don't get held up over the weekend. Orders placed after midnight on Sunday may (especially in spring) be shipped the following week.Are your plants shipped in their containers?
Yes, all our plants are shipped in their growing containers. The dimensions of the containers are 4.5 inches wide by 5 inches deep or 32 fl. oz.What shipping carriers do you use?
UPS Ground and occasionally USPS Priority Mail for some smaller orders.Do you guarantee your plants?
We guarantee our plants to be healthy, ready for planting, and correctly named. We are not able to guarantee whether a plant will grow in your garden as there are too many circumstances that are beyond our control.
On rare occasions, a plant shipped dormant may fail to emerge from its dormancy. If this happens, please let us know.
If you are concerned about a plant, please contact us within 14 days to let us know. If we can’t help you make it grow, we’ll send you a new plant or issue a refund.What about sales tax?
We propagate our own plants and are not required to collect North Carolina sales tax.Where can I find information about your plants?
Here are some FAQ on how we grow plants.