Virginia mountainmint Pycnanthemum virginianum Nodding, reddish-pink to purplish globular flowers bloom from April-June above a deep-green mound of basal foliage. As flowers pass, seeds mature with long styles resembling a beard for a songbird treat. This plant is very drought tolerant and great for grouping in dry areas in sun or shade.
Excellent nectar and pollen source for butterflies and other pollinators
Provides dense groundcover for wildlife
Seed heads provide winter cover for insects
Vigorous, easy-to-grow plant that thrives in a wide variety of conditions
Gravelly shores, meadows, dry to wet thickets; Eastern N. America - Virginia to New England, north to North Dakota.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Mountain Mint is loaded with pulegone, the same insect repellent found in pennyroyal. It can be rubbed on the skin to repel mosquitoes!
Easy to grow in full sun or light shade. Appreciates consistently moist, well-drained soil. Grows well at the edge of woodlands. Leave the old seed heads and stems standing through the winter to provide shelter for wildlife. Can be aggressive, so plant with like plants such as bee balm and obedient plant.