Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum pycnanthemoides)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4b -31.7 °C (-25 °F) to -28.9 °C (-20 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 24 inches
Leaves: Evergreen
Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Summer
Uses: Groundcover
Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Suitable for hanging baskets
Miscellaneous: Endangered: Maryland, Pennsylvania

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Aug 27, 2013 7:14 AM

This wonderful mint can be used as a seasoning for meats, desserts, beverages, and sauces. Harvest leaves when plants are in bloom.
It also makes a wonderful tea. It is said to bring on menstruation so should not be used by pregnant women.

Mountain Mint is also a natural insect repellent. I have it growing on the deck by my chair and never seem to have mosquitoes there. You can also make a repellent spray by mixing the mint's essential oil with vodka.

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