Pycnanthemum virginianum Virginia Mountain Mint
About Our Plants
Rare Roots ships live, growing plants in one-quart pots all over the continental US. The rare exception is our slightly smaller 3.5" inch pot, which will be labeled on a few product pages.
The plants are not guaranteed to be blooming when they arrive, and the foliage may need to be trimmed before shipping to fit them in the box safely.
Our plants are guaranteed to arrive safely in a suitable condition for planting. If they are damaged or if you have concerns, please inform us right away by emailing email@example.com. Even if you are planning to wait and see if it recovers, we need to document the damage on your order.
We are not able to offer warranties or extended guarantees on plants due to the sheer number of variables that can affect their growth and survival.
Our plants are grown on our 30-acre outdoor nursery in Virginia (available by mail-order only). They are all considered "perennial" if planted within their preferred zone range.
Perennials planted in the coldest zone listed are considered "tender perennials", and may not overwinter in a severe winter. For example: if a plant is rated for zones 7-10, it would be a tender perennial in zone 7. It's best to plant these in spring or early summer, and preferably in a protected area (such as the South side of building).
You can find your growing zone here: [USDA website]
Pycnanthemum virginianum grows 2’-3’ tall and has narrow, toothless leaves on multi-branched plants. Its terminal clusters of small white blooms are produced in abundance and gradually open from middle to late summer or early fall providing a long season for attracting pollinators. Its leaves have a very strong, minty scent and may be used in teas. It is rhizomatous and may be somewhat aggressive and require some form of restraint, but may be less so in drier soil.
Pycnanthemum virginianum, also called Virginia or American Mountain Mint, is found from North Dakota south to Oklahoma and Mississippi, and northeastward into Maine and Canada. In the wild plants are typically found in the moist soil of meadows, swamps, stream sides, and pond edges.
Pycnanthemum virginianum prefers full sun to part shade and moist to wet soil, but it is tolerant of drier soils and drought.
Pair it with other natives, such as Bee Balm, Gay Feather, Switch Grass, Little Bluestem, Goldenrod or Black-Eyed Susan for a natural planting. Or, tuck one into a container on your deck or patio or in the corner of your vegetable garden to attract pollinating insects to increase your yields.
- Common Names: Virginia Mountain Mint
- Zones: 3-9
- Light Requirements: Full Sun to Light Shade
- Soil Preference: Prefers moist soil, but tolerates dry
- Height at Maturity: 24-36
- Width at Maturity: 24
- Bloom Color: White/Cream
- Bloom Time: Middle summer to early fall
- Attracts: Butterflies. Pollinators.
- Tolerates: Drought.
- Other Features: Container Plant. Cut Flower. Fragrant.
Care and Growing Tips
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All orders placed now will ship in Spring 2024 unless requested otherwise.
- Zones 9&10: Starting March 25th
- Zone 8: Starting April 1st
- Zone 7: Starting April 8th
- Zone 6: Starting April 22nd
- Zone 5: Starting May 6th
- Zones 4-2: Starting May 13th
If you live in a warm climate and wish to receive your plants during the winter, please send us an email. Please note that we may be unable to fulfill your request if temperatures are too cold for safe transit or if the plants are dormant.
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All ship times are subject to change if extreme weather conditions are present here at the nursery or at the shipping destination.
Please note: Depending on the time of year, the foliage of the plants may be trimmed to fit into our shipping boxes. This could delay the flowering of the plant, but many perennials actually benefit from being cut back.
We are currently not able to ship to Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and outside of the US.