Mountain Mint

SKU: HR1187
It is called Mountain Mint, but it actually prefers moist soil in swampy terrain or near running water in full sun. This herbaceous perennial is hardy in Zones 3 to 9, and grows 60-90cm (24-36") tall. Read More

Exposure Full-sun to partial shade

Season Cool season

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More details about Mountain Mint

Pycnanthemum virginianum. The native range of this cousin of traditional mint stretches from Virginia north to southern and central New Brunswick, Quebec, and Ontario. It is called Mountain Mint, but it actually prefers moist soil in swampy terrain or near running water in full sun. This herbaceous perennial is hardy in Zones 3 to 9, and grows 60-90cm (24-36") tall. It is a bushy plant with many branches that blooms from July to September. The clusters of white flowers (which may be flecked with purple) are attractive to a host of beneficial insects, including wild and domestic bees, tachinid flies, predatory wasps, and butterflies. Its leaves and flowers have a strong minty scent when crushed. Although this plant is technically edible, it has more utility as a companion plant, attracting beneficial insects to the herb or vegetable garden.

Perennial.

Quick Facts:

    • Perennial
    • Grows 60-90cm (24-36") tall
    • Hardy in Zones 3 to 9
    • Attracts beneficials

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All About Mountain Mint

Latin

Latin
Mentha sp.
Family: Lamiaceae

Difficulty

Difficulty
Easy

Season & Zone

Season & Zone
Season: Cool season
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Zone: Hardy to Zone 4

Timing

Timing
Sow indoors 8-10 weeks before last frost, or direct sow in late spring. Seeds should sprout in 10-16 days. Bottom heat will speed germination.

Starting

Starting
Sow seeds no more than 5mm (¼”) deep in moist soil. Space plants 45-60cm (18-24″) apart.

Growing

Growing
Mint spreads in the garden with gusto via a vigorous root system, so it may be preferable to confine it to planters on the balcony or in a raised bed. Prune plants back hard in early summer to promote good top growth. Bring some inside to grow in a small container over winter to grow on a brightly lit windowsill.

Harvest

Harvest
Clip leaves or branches as needed throughout the year. Mint is so hardy and tough that it will grow right back. Dry the leaves and flowers for peppermint tea, or use them fresh. The flowers are edible and bring distinctive character to salads and sweets.

Companion Planting

Companion Planting
Mint attracts earthworms, hoverflies and predatory wasps, and repels cabbage moths, aphids, and flea beetles. Mint can spread aggressively, so it may be better to use cut mint as a mulch around Brassicas, or to restrain it in containers around the vegetable garden. Avoid planting near parsley.

More on Companion Planting.

How to Grow Mint

Step 1: Timing

Sow indoors 8-10 weeks before last frost, or direct sow in late spring. Seeds should sprout in 10-16 days. Bottom heat will speed germination.

Step 2: Starting

Sow seeds no more than 5mm (¼”) deep in moist soil. Space plants 45-60cm (18-24″) apart.

Step 3: Growing

Mint spreads in the garden with gusto via a vigorous root system, so it may be preferable to confine it to planters on the balcony or in a raised bed. Prune plants back hard in early summer to promote good top growth. Bring some inside to grow in a small container over winter to grow on a brightly lit windowsill.

Step 4: Harvest

Clip leaves or branches as needed throughout the year. Mint is so hardy and tough that it will grow right back. Dry the leaves and flowers for peppermint tea, or use them fresh. The flowers are edible and bring distinctive character to salads and sweets.

Tip!

Companion Planting: Mint attracts earthworms, hoverflies and predatory wasps, and repels cabbage moths, aphids, and flea beetles. Mint can spread aggressively, so it may be better to use cut mint as a mulch around Brassicas, or to restrain it in containers around the vegetable garden. Avoid planting near parsley.

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