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Pycnanthemum virginianum

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Common Name: Virginia Mountainmint, American Mountainmint

Full to part sun, moderately wet to moderately dry moisture level, adaptable to a wide range of soils including clay.  2-3 ft. height, blooms summer into fall, white flowers, spreads by rhizomes.

Germination Code:  C(60)

Native Region: Only occurs in 11 counties — Carroll, Stewart, Robertson, Giles, Bradley, Roane, Louden, Anderson, Knox, Cocke and Johnson

Showy flowers and fragrant leaves.  Easy to grow.  All parts of the plant emit a mint odor when crushed, and leaves can be used as a flavoring and in tea.  Can be aggressive but less likely in drier soil.  Attracts  butterflies and bees.

Virginia Mountainmint, American Mountainmint - Pycnanthemum virginianum 5
Photo Courtesy of Prairie Moon Nursery http://www.prairiemoon.com/
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Virginia Mountainmint, American Mountainmint - Pycnanthemum virginianum
Photo Courtesy of John Hilty http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/
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Photo Courtesy of John Hilty http://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/