Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum), also known as common mountain mint, produces strongly upright, 3-foot tall stems lined with short, slender leaves and topped with 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. The plants spread by rhizomes, so you may prefer to grow them in a meadow-type garden or naturalistic planting rather than the loose, rich soil of a formal border.
Virginia mountain mint is native to the eastern half of North America. I collected these seeds from plants that grow wild in my Bucks County, PA, meadow, where they grow very close to P. tenuifolium and P. muticum. 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 2022. At least 30 seeds. PA ecotype.
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