Short-toothed mountain mint (Pycnanthemum muticum) produces 2- to 3-foot-tall stems with intensely mint-scented, deep green leaves. Button-like, green heads with small, pinkish white flowers appear in mid- to late summer over long-lasting, silvery bracts. The plant spreads by creeping roots to form large patches: a fast spreader in the loose, rich soil of a typical garden border but perfect for a “wild” area, large naturalistic border, or meadow planting. Bees, butterflies, and other pollinators love it! It’s a fragrant addition to handheld bouquets too.
Short-toothed mountain mint is native to most of the eastern United States. I collected these seeds from plants that grow wild in my meadow, where they grow very close to P. tenuifolium and P. virginianum. I’m not sure how likely they are to cross, but in the interest of full disclosure, please be aware that there might be some possibility of natural hybridization. Full sun. Perennial; Zones 4 to 8.
Collected in late October 2021. Provenance Milford Township, Bucks County, PA. At least 30 seeds. One packet per person, please. (These seeds are difficult to clean, so I usually list only one packet at a time so I can keep up with demand. Once I am completely sold out, I will say so in the text here; otherwise, you can assume that I still have seeds and will relist them within a day or two, even if the site says they are sold out.)
Please read the germination information as well before ordering.