Pycnanthemum verticillatum var. pilosum (Hairy Mountain Mint) [30 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-sowers only, because they are VERY 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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Though several species of mountain mint (Pycnanthemum) grow naturally in the meadows here at Hayefield, I can’t resist trying other kinds of this marvelously minty genus. Hairy mountain mint (Pycnanthemum verticillatum var. pilosum) flowered the first time for me in 2020. Overall, its look is somewhere between P. virginianum and P. tenuifolium, with upright, fuzzy stems reaching 3 to 4 feet tall that carry relatively narrow, hairy leaves and clusters of small, purple-dotted white flowers in summer. Like other mountain mints, it is popular with a wide variety of bees, butterflies, and other pollinators, and it is marvelous as a cut flower, though perhaps not as fragrant as the other species. The plants spread by rhizomes, so they’re best grown in a meadow-type garden or naturalistic planting rather than a formal border. Hairy mountain mint is native to the eastern half of North America. Full sun; average to moist soil. Perennial; Zones 4 to 8.

Collected in late October 2022. At least 30 seeds. Ecotype unknown.

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