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Growing Information:

Mountain Mint

DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-14 days

SOWING TIME: Spring

SEEDING METHOD: Transplant

SUNLIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun

PLANT HEIGHT: 24-36"

PLANT SPACING: 12"

HARDINESS ZONES: Zones 5-8

Habitat and Description


Growing Mountain Mint
CULTURAL REQUIREMENTS

The preference is full or partial sun, and moist to average conditions. The soil can contain loam, sand, clay, or gravel - this plant is not fussy about soil texture. During drought, the lower leaves will turn yellow and fall off. This plant is easy to grow, and less subject to foliar disease than some other mints, such as Monarda spp. However, stressed out plants sometimes succumb to rust.



Mountain Mint


The benefits of Mountain Mint

Mountain Mints are valued for their beauty and fragrance, as well as for their ability to attract butterflies and tiny (non-biting) beneficial bees, wasps and flies. Generally, mountain mints with thin leaves and noticeable hairs on their stems contain little or no pugelone, so they are safe to include in teas—or to crush and inhale (think of it as a one-second spa treatment). And, like their close cousins the monardas, mountain mints often develop white or pink pigments in the leaves that frame the flower clusters.

Deer dislike mountain mint, so consider growing it in areas that often get browsed. Or, plant short-toothed mountain mint near outdoor activity areas so you can swish your hand through the leaves to release a cloud of pest-repellent perfume whenever you visit your garden.





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