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     Clustered Mountain Mint is the sweetest and prettiest of all the mountain mints.  Its adorable white flowers appear in July and August against blue-green foliage.  The flowers often are spotted with purple and arranged in small, dense clusters.


     When crushed, Clustered Mountain Mint emits a strong minty aroma and can be used to make tea, Mojito and other drinks, and as a garnish for lemonade.


     Clustered Mountain Mint is a low-maintenance plant and falls in the category: Any Idiot Can Grow This Plant.  Caveat: it's an aggressive spreader and best when given room to roam or fill in an area. 


     It's great near a vegetable garden to pull in the pollinators.  I keep it in a pot near my garden so I have the plant but it's not taking over.


     In addition to bees, Clustered Mountain Mint attracts butterflies and songbirds, beetles and wasps.


     Fun fact: The leaves are inticingly fragrant and minty when crushed.


     Photos: Creative Commons

Mountain Mint, Clustered

1 Quart
    • Latin: Pycnanthemum muticum
    • Pollinator value: Very High
    • Height: 1 to 3 feet
    • Spacing: 18-24 inches
    • Light: Full sun
    • Soil: Moist
    • Landscape: Borders, herb and butterfly gardens, naturalized areas
    • Pair with: Wild Bergamot, Sweet Joe Pye Weed
    • Resistance: Deer
    • Native range here
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