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Pycnanthemum virginianum

American mountain mint

Native to North America


An unusual common name, since this plant would prefer to be in full sun to part shade, in wet to moist soil - no shady mountains for this plant. White flowers, sometimes with a lavender hue,  appear in July into early September atop fragrant foliage on stems 2-3 feet tall with a spread of 12 - 18".   Pollinators love this extremely hardy and easy to grow plant. 


2-3 ft


12-18 in


18-24 in

USDA Hardiness Zone:

3 - 7

Bloom Color:


Pycnanthemum virginianum Characteristics

Attracts Wildlife

  • Butterflies
  • Songbirds
  • Pollinators


  • Rain Garden
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Dried Flower
  • Cut Flower
  • Clay Soil
  • Naturalizing
  • Long Blooming
  • East-Coast Native


  • Full Sun to Partial Shade

Flowering Months

  • September
  • August
  • July

Foliage Color

  • Green

Growth Rate

  • Medium

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Summer
  • Spring

Soil Moisture Preference

  • Moist to Wet