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Pycnanthemum muticum


Pycnanthemum muticum or short-toothed mountain mint is one of the most amazing nectar sources for pollinators.

Short-toothed mountain mint is perhaps the single best nectar source of all perennials for native butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects. You can literally hear the plants buzzing with activity as you approach. This uncommon, non-spreading to slowly spreading mint has broad lustrous aromatic leaves with showy silvery flower bracts and pinkish flowers. Native to eastern North America, it is happiest at the wood's edge, so it is excellent for a naturalized border or woodland garden. But it can also grow in full sun. The aromatic leaves are loaded with pulegone, the same insect repellent found in pennyroyal. Rub it on your skin to repel mosquitoes!

Common Name: Short-Toothed Mountain Mint

Family: Lamiaceae (The Mint Family)

Zone Hardiness: 4-8

Light: Part Shade, Part Sun, Full Sun

Height: 2-4'

Width: 12-24"

Primary Bloom Colour: White/Cream

Secondary Bloom Colour: Pink

Class: Deciduous

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Summer

Soil Moisture: Average, Moist

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: Yes


Benefits: Butterflies, Bees

Deer Resistant: Yes

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Moist woods and meadows from Massachusettes to Michigan, down to Louisiana and Florida.


Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America

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