Pycnanthemum tenuifolium Narrowleaf Mountain Mint



Pycnanthemum tenuifolium has very fine, almost needle-like leaves on hairless, erect, branched stems that are 2’-3’ tall. Its tiny white flowers with two purple spots are produced in terminal clusters and open over an extended period, from middle summer into early fall. It has a very strong mint aroma when crushed. Like the other Mountain Mints, it spreads via rhizomes to form attractive colonies.

Pycnanthemum tenuifolium, also known as Narrowleaf (or Slender) Mountain Mint, has a wide natural range, found from Texas to Nebraska, northeastward into Canada and southeast to Florida. It is endemic to dry, open woods, dry prairies and fields as well as along roadsides, streams and in wet thickets.

Pycnanthemum tenuifolium prefers full sun to part shade and, unlike most Mountain Mint, dry to medium moist soils. It tolerates a wide range of soils and is happy in dry to damp situations. Great for naturalized areas and rain gardens. Definitely a pollinator favorite!


  • Common Names: Narrowleaf Mountain Mint, Slender Mountain Mint
  • Zones: 4-8
  • Light Requirements: Full Sun to Light Shade
  • Soil Preference: Prefers average to dry soil
  • Height at Maturity: 24-36
  • Width at Maturity: 24-30
  • Bloom Color: White/Cream
  • Bloom Time: Midsummer to early fall

Special Features

  • Attracts: Butterflies. Pollinators.
  • Tolerates: Drought.
  • Other Features: Container Plant. Cut Flower. Fragrant.

Care and Growing Tips

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Shipping Info

 Spring 2023 shipping schedule:

Zones 9, 10: Starting Mon. March 20th
Zone 8: Starting Mon. March 27th
Zone 7: Starting Mon. April 3rd
Zone 6: Starting Mon. April 17th
Zone 5: Starting Mon. May 1st
Zones 2, 3, 4: Starting Mon. May 8th

If you'd like to receive your plants now, you can request it in the 'shipping requests' box on the order or email us. (Please note that we will not ship dormant plants, and we do not offer any sort of guarantee for plants overwintering.)

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