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Pycnanthemum muticum

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Pycnanthemum (pik-NAN-thee-mum) (Info)
Species: muticum (mu-tee-kum) (Info)

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From semi-hardwood cuttings
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive leite14 On Jun 23, 2013, leite14 from Fairfax, VA wrote:

I first saw these plants in North Carolina at the Cherokee Museums native plant-pollinators' garden. It was filled with lovely specimens. This plant was the pollinators favorite. It was a bouquet of butterflies, honey bees, native bees, and others. As soon as we got home, I started looking for this plant. I lucked out and found a few locally. These are hard to find! Over two years I collected enough to make a decent sized patch. I tried it in a dry part of my yard. It survived but was not happy. I moved it to a place where we regularly dump our chickens' water. It has flourished there and in other places with moderate moisture. It is a slow spreader, not at all invasive like spearmint or peppermint. I wish it would spread faster! Im a beekeeper/ butterfly gardener and we have a large collection of nectar plants. This and the clover are the only things that keep my honeybees in my garden. We've parked lawn chairs next to the patch to observe the great variety of pollinators who visit. It has a pleasant, fresh smell; minty but with a touch of perfume. Its foliage is delicate and when in bloom, the plant is topped with silver. I planted a mauve colored hardy hibiscus in the center of our patch. The silver blooms showcase the hibiscus like nothing else. If you love pollinators or appreciate the benefit of beautiful foliage in the garden, snatch up as much of this as you can!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Frenchtown, New Jersey
Pound Ridge, New York
Raleigh, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Colonial Beach, Virginia
Haymarket, Virginia
Leesburg, Virginia
South Boston, Virginia

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