Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina

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  • 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: Green, 1-3”, ovate, simple, evergreen basal leaves
    Height: 2-3’
    Space: 2-3’
    Soil: Avg., dry-wet
    Exposure: Full sun to Part Sun
    Fauna: Wasp favorite, but attracts most pollinators
    Seeds: Small nutlets are wind disperse
    Deer Resistance: High
    Zone: 4-8
    Native Status: NC native, present, but uncommon throughout the state
    Provenance:
    Unknown, asexually grown