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Pycnanthemum pilosum - Nutt.

Common Name Mountain Mint, Whorled mountainmint
Family Lamiaceae or Labiatae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Dry to moist woods, thickets and clearings[43].
Range Eastern N. America - Ontario and Michigan south to Tennessee, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
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Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Pycnanthemum pilosum Mountain Mint, Whorled mountainmint


USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 3: 142.
Pycnanthemum pilosum Mountain Mint, Whorled mountainmint

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Pycnanthemum pilosum is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.5 m (5ft) by 0.6 m (2ft in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 5. It is in flower from August to September, and the seeds ripen from September to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Koellia pilosa.

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses: Condiment  Tea

Flower buds and leaves - raw or cooked[K]. A nice addition to salads or used as a condiment. The fresh or dried leaves are brewed into a delicious mint-like tea[183].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Attracts Wildlife

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Cultivation details

Succeeds in most soils[1] but prefers a rich loamy soil in full sun or partial shade with plenty of moisture in the growing season[200]. A good butterfly plant[K].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow spring or autumn in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. If there are sufficient seeds they can be sown in an outdoor seedbed in April. Division in spring.

Other Names

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Author

Nutt.

Botanical References

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Readers comment

Americo Jorge   Sat Feb 28 2009

Is this herb diferent from Calamintha officinalis or is it just the same plant?

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