Wildflowers forum: Strange Growth from Mountian Mint

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Name: Kim
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Chillybean
Nov 24, 2015 12:27 PM CST


This was taken in the middle of October when I was clearing out weeds for a new batch of natives. I have several of these plants on this side of the house and maybe half of them had these funny looking shoots. Is this normal? The standard leaves are narrow. I put these in the ground early June this year, if I remember, and they did not flower.

I believe these are the Pycnanthemum virginianum species, but the company I ordered from sometimes gives me something other than what I asked for. (Nothing major, but once I ordered Joe Pye Weed and they gave me Sweet Joe Pye) I no longer have the tag that came with the plants.
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Nov 24, 2015 5:14 PM CST
Looks normal to me...
Name: Kim
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Chillybean
Nov 24, 2015 6:36 PM CST
If it is normal, what is it since it doesn't look like the leaves? Yes, I am ignorant about this. :)
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Nov 24, 2015 7:54 PM CST

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It could be a very strong new shoot Smiling
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Name: stone
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stone
Nov 25, 2015 8:20 AM CST
Chillybean said:If it is normal, what is it since it doesn't look like the leaves? Yes, I am ignorant about this. :)

Typical winter growth...
Forgot to take some pictures of mine... Will try to remember to take some in the next day or so...

Name: stone
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stone
Nov 27, 2015 10:54 AM CST
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New growth

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Old growth... will soon die back



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Name: Kim
Iowa (Zone 5a)
I kill ornamentals... on purpose.
Enjoys or suffers cold winters Spiders! Critters Allowed Birds Houseplants I helped beta test the first seed swap
Region: Nebraska Keeper of Poultry Rabbit Keeper Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Procrastinator Garden Ideas: Level 2
Chillybean
Dec 5, 2015 4:50 PM CST
Thank you for sharing those. I still have a lot to learn about the ways of plants. I would have thought any new leaves would look like all the others.
Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Dec 5, 2015 11:24 PM CST
I have some slender mountain mint and mine did the same thing. First time I have had it in like 30 years so I forgot details. I said WT? Apparently it is quite normal. Weird huh?
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Name: stone
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stone
Dec 16, 2015 10:06 AM CST
My bad... Didn't check the foliage on the specific Pycnanthemum you were asking about...

Or read your question closely enough...

While your plant is definitely a Pycnanthemum... I don't think it's the slender-leaf variety.
Probably is the same as mine... which I only know as mountain mint, but is likely Short-toothed Mountain Mint..
so many similar types...

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