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Quick Plant Care Guides Grow Mountain Mint Pycnanthemum

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Quick Plant Care Guides. Plant care, simple and to the point.

Mountain Mint Is a Beautiful Butterfly Magnet

Mountain Mint with Butterflies Growing In Author's Tennessee Garden

Mountain Mint with Butterflies Growing In Author's Tennessee Garden

Why Grow Mountain Mint?


Mountain Mint is For the Bees

Bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects love mountain mint. It produces loads of bug-friendly nectar.

I haven't noticed too many pests on my mountain mints. Just too many bees and butterflies to count. Not just honeybees, tiny bees, and bumblebees. You name it, mountain mint attracts it.


Mountain Mint Repels Bad Bugs

Dried foliage of mountain mint will help to keep pantries and stored clear of insects. It is highly scented and they do not like it.

Stuff some mountain mint in your dogs bedding. Also in chicken nesting boxes.

You can also rub the pulped juice on your work clothes to run mosquitoes. It wears off pretty quick, so you'll need to reapply often.


Mountain Mint Tastes Good & Clears Sinuses

Add a few sprigs to ice tea, or as a hot herbal drink. Works in mixed drinks, too.

Nose stopped up? Try chewing on mountain mint. Wait for it ...OUCH! Mountain mint is spicy when chewed. It can really help open your nasal passages.


Mountain Mint is Easy to Grow

This is a carefree plant. When it is happy where you put it, it will reseed and spread by roots. It grows quickly, too!


Deer Resistant

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Yup, this is another lovely deer resistant perennial flower. Scatter mountain mint around the garden like glitter.


Grows In Moist Areas

Got a slightly boggy spot? Try planting mountain mint.

Do not worry, it grows in drier areas, too. Just add a nice layer of mulch around the plants.


Smells Good

Mountain mint is fantastic for a sensory garden. The leaves are smooth, cooling to the touch, and soft. Its scent is strong and pleasant.


Mountain Mint as a Foil Plant

Mountain mint makes other plants pop in the garden. Its light-colored foliage adds just the right shine when scattered or densely planted among and behind other flowers.

It looks fantastic in a moon garden, as well. mountain mint almost seems to shine in the night when the moon hits it.

Beautiful Blooms of Mountain Mint

Mountain Mint and Poke Berry In Author's Garden

Mountain Mint and Poke Berry In Author's Garden

How to Grow Mountain Mint

In Tennessee, I transplant entire plants from where they may be destroyed. This usually happens in late summer and early fall.


Planting Mountain Mint Plants and Rootstock


  • In loosened soil, place the roots of mountain mint in a hole with compost. Tamp the soil down and water well.

Do not pack the soil too tight. Just make sure its settled well around the roots.


  • Add several inches of mulch to the entire planting bed.

You can use dried leaves, compost, or woodchips.

Mulch is important to get your new transplants off to a good start.

Do not cover the mint roots with a thick layer of mulch. A thin layer will suffice until the plant has a chance to take off.

The planting bed can be covered thickly in mulch. Once the plants begin to grow strong, they will push up through the mulch on their own.

If for some reason yours doesn't, simply pull back some mulch to allow more plants to grow.


  • Keep your mint watered well. Once the root systems establishes, you will not have to water it often, except in very dry climates.

That is it! So easy to care for mountain mint!


How to Grow Mountain Mint from Seed


  • Prepare an area by adding compost, loosening the soil, and raking it level.
  • Water until the ground is saturated.
  • Evenly scatter the mountain mint seeds.
  • Use a light spray of water to settle the seeds into the already wet soil.
  • A thin layer of fine mulch can be sprinkled over the seeds, if you wish. Too much soil over the seeds may inhibit germination.
  • Do not mulch until the seedlings are several inches tall. Careful not to break or smother new plants when you lay down a layer of compost.
  • Adding a row cover that allows water and light to permeate will help prevent evaporation and keep the ground moist. It will also shade out some of the hot sun while the seedlings get stronger.

Mountain Mint

More Mountain Mint and Butterflies in Tennessee

More Mountain Mint and Butterflies in Tennessee

What Do You Think about Mountain Mint

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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