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Virginia Mountain Mint

Scientific name

Pycnanthemum virginianum


Virginia Mountain Mint is a multi-branched, bushy wildflower species that typically grows about 0.7 m in height. The leaves are oppositely arranged, narrow, lanceolate shaped, green coloured, and have entire margins. The flowers are tiny, white coloured with purple dots, appear in dense terminal clusters, and bloom between July and August. The flowers are beneficial to pollinator species, like bees and butterflies. All parts emit a minty fragrance when crushed. Only a few flowers in a cluster bloom at the same time. This plant spreads vegetatively through rhizomes to produce small colonies.

Planting conditions

Virginia Mountain Mint grows best in normal to moist conditions with partial sun exposure. It can grow in a variety of soil types. It is intolerant of drought and young plants should be watered during dry summers. This wildflower can be naturally found in moist forests, wet fields, swamps, marshes, and along stream or lake shorelines.


  • Plant height:
    • Max 1.5m
    • Max 2m
    • Max 3m
    • Any
  • Moisture level:
    • Normal
    • Moist
  • Light conditions:
    • Full sun
    • Partial sun
  • Soil type:
    • Sandy
    • Loamy
    • Clay
    • Humus
    • Rocky
  • pH:
    • Normal
  • Depth:
    • Wildflower
  • Eco Zone:
    • 6b
  • Plant type:
    • Wildflower
  • Height:
    • 0.7 m
  • Spread:
    • 2 m