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Mountain Mint | Plant Profile

Mountain Mint (Pycanthemum muticum) are fragrant, short, clump forming perennials. The oval or heart-shaped leaves are dark green, but are complimented by silvery brackets that can give the foliage a snow-dusted appearance. Pink flowers bloom atop the leaves from summer to fall and are highly attractive to butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects. When crushed, the aroma of the leaves is similar to spearmint. Dried leaves can be used to make mild teas.

Mountain Mint prefers fertile, medium moisture, well drained soils in full sun to part shade.

Mountain Mint has attractive foliage with pink flowers and silver accents that are ornamental for a long growing season. They are effective additions to pollinator or herb gardens. Allow them to naturalize to create an attractive meadow.


Mountain Mint Characteristics

Mountain Mint are easy to grow in the correct conditions. Mountain Mint prefers fertile, moist soils but are somewhat drought tolerant. If in shade, bright or sun-dappled shade is best. Full sun will result in the best flowering and insect attraction. These perennials spread easily and quickly via spreading roots and runners, however they rarely become invasive. Prune at the roots to prevent spreading. They may propagate by self-seeding or can be divided.

Disease or pest issues rarely threaten Mountain Mint. Rust is an occasional issue.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 4 - 8


1.00 - 3.00'
1.00 - 3.00'
Bloom Time
July - September
Full Sun - Part Shade
Deer Resistant?