Pycnanthemum muticum

Growing Information

Plant Type: Perennial
Sunlight: Full sun to full shade
Soils: Dry to moist soils, does well in poor soils
Bloom Time: Summer blossoms – July, August, September; flower is diminutive bell-shaped red spurs with a yellow center
Size: 2-3 feet in height, 2 foot spread

Silvery green foliage is nicely aromatic. This native is happiest at the wood’s edge and is excellent for a naturalized border or woodland garden. Also called short-toothed or clustered mountain mint, it is one of the best nectar sources for native butterflies–this is a pollinator magnet! When planted in groups or massed, the silvery bracts give the entire planting the appearance of being dusted by a white powdery snow.

Garden Companions

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta); Bear Tongue (Penstemon digitalis); Joe Pye Weed (Eupatorium dubium or E. purpureum)

Nature Benefits

• Nectar source for diverse number of pollinators
• Host for Wavy-lined Emerald (Synchlora aerata) caterpillar

Native Habitat

Occurs naturally in rich rocky woods, north-facing slopes, cliffs, ledges, pastures, and roadsides.

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