Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


  • Product Info

    Short-toothed Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum muticum)
    Mint Family

    Flowers are less than showy, but this plant is for the pollinators. Mountain mints are one of the best wildflowers you can plant for attracting a diverse and constant array of pollinators, and this species particularly tops the list. Try planting some by a window or somewhere else where it is easy to watch–it is a true joy. Can be a happy spreader, but relatively easy to keep in check by pulling up runners once a year. This is a great plant for erosion control or to let naturalize. 
    Blooms: White, 4-6 weeks, June-Aug
    Leaves: Sage green, 1-3”,fragrant, evergreen basal leaves
    Height: 2-3’
    Space: 2-3’
    Soil: Average-Moist-Dry
    Exposure: Full sun-Part Sun
    Fauna: High pollinator value--wasp favorite, but attracts most pollinators
    Seeds: Button-like seed heads are filled with tiny seeds and remain attractive through winter
    Deer Resistance: High
    Zone: 4-8
    Native Status: NC native, uncommon throughout the state
    Unknown, asexually grown