American mountain mint
Pycnanthemum virginianum (American mountain mint) is a 3-foot tall perennial topped with dense clusters of white flowers in summer that attract a multitude of bees, flies, and other pollinators.
The entire plant, but most especially its foliage, gives off a strong minty aroma when crushed or bruised. American mountain mint puts up thin, branching stalks from an expanding base. Each hairy stalk has whorls of thin, needle-like leaves that make for a bushy appearance by late spring.
|Botanical Name||Pycnanthemum virginianum|
|Common Name||American mountain mint|
|USDA Zone||3 thru 7|
|Light Requirement||Full Sun|
|Season(s) of interest||summer, fall, winter|
|Height and Spread||2-3ft x 1-1.5ft (60-90cm x 30-45cm)|
|Attracts Wildlife||Hosts Caterpillars of Butterflies/Moths, Attracts Pollinators, Rarely Browsed by Mammalian Herbivores|
|Additional Information||Native to Chicago Region. Attracts Large Quantities of Pollinators – especially bees and flies.|
|Location in Lurie Garden||Northwest Light Plate, Extrusion Plaza|