Virginia Mountain Mint Seeds - (Pycnanthemum virginianum)
- Seed Count:
- Approx 50 seeds per pack
- Days to Germination:
- 7-21 days @ 55-70F
- Plant Spacing:
- Light Preference:
- Full sun
- Soil Requirements:
- Well drained
- Heirloom, Non-Hybrid, Non-GMO seeds
Virginia Mountain Mint
A stout but easy-growing perennial native; a must-have for any pollinator garden. Its tiny white flowers, often spotted with purple, release a strong mint-like aroma, blooming in numerous small, dense clusters rising above the stalks. Blooms July through early to mid-September, even October in warmer climates.
It likes at least a half-day of sun but doesn’t need rich soil or lots of water. Keeping the soil lightly moist during the first half of its first summer helps it become established; then it becomes very drought tolerant.
Deer dislike Mountain Mint, preferring less pungent snacks.
The flower buds and leaves are edible raw or cooked; have a hot, spicy, mint-like flavor that makes a great spice or seasoning for meat. The tea made from the leaves is used in alternative medicine for treatment of menstrual disorders, indigestion, mouth sores and gum disease, colic, coughs, colds, chills and fevers. Crushed flowers are used for toothache.
Attracts butterflies and beneficial insects.