Mountain Mint has a quite pleasant smell and taste.
When the leaves are broken, they will have a hint of mint to them. Will grow to around three or four feet at maturity. The height is the same as the width. Sun, moist soils, dry soils, and some shade are a good area for these plants. Zones 5, 6, 7 and 8.
Of the genus Pycnanthemum, mountain mints are within the Mentheae tribe of species. They are not the same genus as Metha, which includes peppermint and spearmint. Mountain mints are valuable and unique plants that make a beautiful addition to any garden. They have a thick mint scent and are useful for drawing insects that seek their nectar while they also repel leaf-eating insects. These qualities make this an ideal plant to keep the more destructive pests at bay while attracting more beneficial insects.
Deer also dislike the scent of this plant, so it is a great natural way to keep them away from your garden or yard.
Climate Zone: 5 through 8
Mature Height: 3 to 4 Feet
Sunlight: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil Type: Dry to Moist, Well-Drained
Botanical Name: Pycnanthemum Incanum
Ships As: Bareroot Plant
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The Mountain Mint is appreciated for its fragrance and beauty.
The pleasant smell is described as a spicy mint and oregano. The plant develops either pink or white pigments in its leaves, which frame the beautiful clusters of flowers. The mountain mint can usually be found in woodland areas, in which they receive at least a half-day of the sun to thrive and survive. These plants have even been known to attract butterflies, but keep away pests, like gnats. The mountain mint contains pugelone, which is what keeps the gnats away. This also deters deer and rabbits, so one does not have to worry about these animals eating the plant in their garden. Mountain Mints with noticeable hairs on their stems and thin leaves can also be used in teas since they contain very little pugelone. Mountain Mint is the perfect plant to add to your garden.