Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Pycnanthemum muticum: a plant for wet clay

One of my favorites - Pycnanthemum muticum, mountain mint. Soft silver foliage by early July, at least in western New Jersey, loads of insects, highly fragrant, mixes well with other perennials or grasses, particularly well in a meadow. No insect damage. Deer proof. Does well in heavy wet clay as well as drier situations. Good close up and at a distance.


  1. Beautiful! In more ways than one. Thanks for the recommendation. I'm looking for things that like our sopping soil.

  2. Ah, you like mountain mint... good! I was just out looking over a remnant of native prairie here in Iowa and it was full of narrowleaf mountain mint (tenuifolium). Very nice!

  3. Lynn,
    My wet soil is totally saturated about 9 months of the year, then at times like brick in mid- to late summer. This mountain mint does fine.

    I have another mountain mint that appears to be native here, or at least I didn't plant it. Very narrow leaves and smaller flowers. Quite fragrant and long-lasting seed heads. I think it might be Pycnantuemum tenuifolium. Still trying to identify it with more certainty.




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