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Loomis Mountain Mint

Pycnanthemum loomisii

A mountain mint that doesn't spread and take over the garden. Loomis mountain mint has the same beautiful silvery white bracts (modified leaves) as the aggressively spreading Hoary mountain mint (Pycnanthemum incanum), except it is well behaved and won't stray from where you plant it. Hardy in zones 6 through 9.

 

Loomis Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum loomisii) frosted white bracts flower throughout the summer

 

 

Pot size: 4.5 in. wide x 5 in. deep (32 fl. oz)

 

 

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Habit

  • 3 to 4 ft. tall and wide
  • How to Grow

  • Sun in mosit soil or partial shade in drier soil
  • Moist to well-drained soil
  • Old flowering stems can be cut to ground level during the winter.

    Where to plant

  • Perennial border, where it will create interest throughout most of the summer
  • In the vegetable garden, where it can easily be brushed against to release its minty fragrance
  • Wildlife

    The flowers are pollinated by:

  • Butterflies
  • Bees and many other beneficial insects are attracted to the flowers
  • Larval host plant for:

  • Gray Hairstreak
  • In our garden Mountain Mint has proven to be very resistant to deer browsing. However, if deer pressure is high or food is scarce, damage may occur.

    Native habitat and range

  • Woodland edges
  • Virginia into northern Florida. It is uncommon to rare throughout its range
  • Source and origin

    Original plants were grown from seed collected at the edge of a forest in Jones County, North Carolina. Plants are now grown from cuttings off those seed grown plants here at the nursery.

    Comments

    All mountain mint plants emit a strong spearmint aroma when crushed. A tea from the leaves was once used medicinal to treat fevers and respiratory conditions.

    Propagation

    Cuttings taken in spring can root as quickly as 2 to 4 weeks.