Virginia mountain mint
Botanical Name: Pycnanthemum virginiana
Plant Family: Mint (Lamiaceae)
Description: There's so much to love about Virginia Mountain Mint, from it's interesting flower, beautiful foliage, and strong mentol-mint fragrance, to its benefit to a diverse range of pollinators. Leaves are more fine and flowers more dense than other species such as short tooth mountain mint.
When in bloom it is "Grand Central" for pollinators including native bees, wasps, flies, hummingbirds, and butterflies. Simple a "must have" for the pollinator garden.
Growing Conditions: Grows to 3 ft in dense clumps or stands that are easily divided in spring. Prefers full sun, but can tolerate some light shade. Tolerates a wide range of soils.
Bloom Time: Jul - Sep
Bloom Color: White
Benefit to pollinators/wildlife: Highly attractive to a wide range of pollinators.
Native Status: PA Native
Location in habitat: Pollinator Demonstration Garden, Native Bee Conservation Garden