Pycnanthemum spp. (Mountain Mint Mix) [30 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-sowers only, because they are tiny and require some patience. Sow in pots indoors or outdoors (do not cover the seeds; just press them into the surface) and keep them moist in a warm, bright place. Germination may be slow and irregular, with seedlings appearing over a period of weeks. They remain very small for another month or two, but once you transplant them to pots (either individually or in groups of 3 or 4), they will eventually put on a nice amount of growth in summer and are ready to move to their final position in fall.

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As a group, mountain mints (Pycnanthemum spp.) have so much to offer: delightfully fragrant foliage, pretty white flowers, a relatively long bloom period, winter interest, and tremendous value for attracting a variety of pollinators. I have several species of these North American natives growing wild in my Bucks County, PA, meadow, including short-toothed mountain mint (P. muticum) and Virginia mountain mint (P. virginianum)—both of which spread by rhizomes—and narrow-leaved mountain mint (P. tenuifolium), which is a clump-former. There may also be some seeds from one plant growing in the same area I haven’t identified yet, with some traits of all three species. I think this mixture of seeds might be of interest to folks who want to add mountain mints to their garden and appreciate the range of traits. All are great for attracting bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, and their fragrance makes them wonderful additions to fresh bouquets. (They also hold their fragrance when dried.) Full sun. Perennial; Zones 4 or 5 to 8.

Collected in October 2023. At least 30 seeds. PA ecotype. Shipping to US addresses only.

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