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- Mature height: 1 to 3 feet
- Light: Full sun
- Soil: Moist
- Landscape uses: Borders, herb and butterfly gardens, naturalized areas; pair with Wild Bergamot, Sweet Joe Pye Weed
- Deer resistant: Yes
- Spread: Aggressive; not for the small garden. Potted = OK
- Fun fact: The leaves are inticingly fragrant and smell minty when crushed.
- Photo: Creative Commons
Pollinator value: Very high. Provides larval food for various bees, beetles, wasps and flies. Also attracts butterflies and songbirds.
In July and August this stout, showy perennial produces tiny white flowers that are often spotted with purple and are arranged in small, dense clusters. When crushed, this square-stemmed plant emits a strong minty aroma and can be used to make tea. It is a low maintenance plant that can become aggressive in moister soils.