Cherokee Sweet Mint/Hoary Mountainmint Seeds - (Pycnanthemum incanum)
- Seed Count:
- Approx 50 seeds per pack
- Days to Germination:
- 7-21 days at 60-70F
- Soil Requirements:
- Well-drained soil
- Plant Spacing:
- Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
Cherokee Sweet Mint - A Pollinator Paradise
Cherokee Sweet Mint or Hoary Mountainmint is an easy growing native perennial wildflower with a distinctive, minty/herbal scent. All parts of the plant emit a strong, spearmint-like aroma when crushed. Throngs of desirable pollinators flock to the dense head-like flowers, making this a pollinator paradise.
Small and narrow leaves support bracts of dense rounded clusters of tiny white to lavender tubular flowers with purple spotting on the lower lip. The leaves surrounding the flowers are highlighted with tiny silvery white hairs, giving its name of hoary. This erect, many-branched perennial typically grows 2 – 3 feet on square stems.
If naturalizing is unwanted, prune roots in spring with a spade to keep clumps from spreading. The shallow spreading roots are easy to manage.
Leaves are used to flavor teas. Pollinators flock to the blooms in open sunny gardens or large containers. A favorite of butterflies, native bees, moths and beneficial predatory wasps. The aromatic foliage is unpalatable to deer and plants are fairly resistant to other pests.
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Many people have issues growing mint- that issue being the mint decides to grow everywhere. Not so with Cherokee mint. This is the most properly behaved mint I have ever encountered. I started some plants 8 or so years ago, let them go to seed, and even neglected them some years, and this plant is still the original size, no runners, no seedlings, no spreading, no mess. And the smell/taste...you have never tasted mint until you have tried this plant. An amazing unique plant in every way. One note- the open faced flowers attract all types of beneficial flyers including parasitic wasps. Its best to grow this in a location with little pedestrian traffic.
This variety is very cold tolerant, but requires a little tlc before it takes off. But when it gets going it produces plenty of leaves to gather. Most of all the older and larger leaves are bitter in flavor, but the smaller leaves are sweet and mild.So just pick what you like.