Pycnanthemum flexuosum - Appalachian Mountain Mint
Appalachian Mountain Mint Pycnanthemum flexuosum
An aromatic, summer blooming, herbaceous perennial that produces silvery white, globular flowers on sturdy, upright stems. Blooms for an extended period of time, flowers are prominently displayed above clean, green foliage from summer into fall. A good soil stabilizer, this species spreads via underground stems, but won’t take over the garden. Foliage develops an attractive red tinge in autumn. A larval host plant for the gray hairstreak butterfly; incorporate in the perennial border, rain garden, or near the vegetable garden to entice pollinators. syn. Koellia hyssopifolia
Aromatic, summer/fall blooming perennial with cool, fuzzy white flowers
Larval host for the gray hairstreak butterfly
Resistant to rabbit and deer browsing
Spreads via rhizomes but not aggressively
Great in helping with soil erosion
Fragrant foliage takes on a red tinge along the margin
Native to the coastal plain, Pycnanthemum flexuosum occurs in moist savannas and pocosin margins from southeast Virginia into northern Florida. It is common in southeastern North Carolina.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Beneficial wasps use other insects to house and feed their developing young. Many of the insects these wasps parasitize are considered garden pests, making them an incredibly important ally for gardeners who wish to keep pest populations in check.The vast majority of these wasps are incapable of stinging humans, and since they are so very small, most gardeners aren’t even aware of their presence.
Old flowering stems can be cut to ground level in late winter.
Mature Size: 2-3ft. Tall x 3-4ft. Wide
Hardiness Zone: 6-8
Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade
Choosing the Right Plants
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Quick Tips for Choosing Plants:
Planting a variety of native trees, shrubs, perennials and vines increases biodiversity and gives wildlife a source for food, cover and nesting
Choose a mixture of deciduous and evergreen trees so birds and other wildlife will always be able to find shelter
Plant trees and large shrubs where they will block winter winds from the house and shade it in summer, that will save energy and lower your carbon footprint
Try your best to buy plants that were grown locally, your independent garden center will be your best bet
Think about ultimate height and width of the plant you choose, make sure it will fit the space you have for it when it's reached maturity
Plant nectar plants in groups, to attract butterflies and other beneficial insects more easily
Ask for help if you need it. Most garden centers either have a landscape designer on staff or they can give you a reference of a designer that is adept at native plant wildlife gardening. There will be upfront costs but they are small when compared to having to redo a landscape that wasn't what you really wanted
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When you look at our tag you’ll find information about the plants natural habitat. That will give you a clue to how it will work in your backyard. For instance if the plant is naturally founded and moist, shade and you have full sun, it’s not the plant for you. The “Features” section gives you an overview or plant description so you’ll know what to expect. While the “Benefits” section talks about the plants strong suits and how the plant will benefit wildlife.
A Special Note About Exposure
Full sun:Prefers six or more hours of direct sunshine a day Partial shade:Thrives in three to six hours of daily sunshine Shade:Generally does well with less than three hours of sun per day. Having said that even shade loving plants will struggle in extremely deep shade.