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 October 2020. Provenance Milford Township, Bucks County, PA. At least 30 seeds.
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