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Mountain Mint
Pycnanthemum virginianum

Strongly scented, native perennial herb 20-36' tall with fine, attractive foliage. Used for stabilization of slopes, buffers vegetated swales and shores. A good perennial for gardens and lakeshore restorations. Strongly scented, native perennial herb with fine, attractive foliage.

USDA symbol: PYVI

General Information

Plant TypeForb
Height3 feet
Light ExposurePart Sun, Sun
Soil MoistureDry, Medium
Bloom ColorWhite
Mountain Mint (Mountain Mint<div><em class="small">Pycnanthemum virginianum</em></div>)
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Tolerances

Flooding / Inundation ToleranceModerate
General Resilience9
Salt ToleranceMedium
Stress ToleranceGeneral Disturbance

Pollinator Value: Very High

Bloom MonthsJuly to September
Pollinator BenefitInsect Pollinated, Provides Nectar

Project Planning

Project TypeBoulevard, Erosion Control, Restoration, Sandy or Engineered Soils
Coefficient of Conservatism6
Herbivore SensitivityLow
LifespanPerennial
Rate of SpreadFast
Soil StabilizationShallow
Vegetative ReproductionClonal

Range

CountyAnoka, Becker, Benton, Big Stone, Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Cass, Chippewa, Clay, Cottonwood, Dakota, Dodge, Douglas, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Goodhue, Hennepin, Houston, Isanti, Itasca, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Mahnomen, Marshall, Martin, McLeod, Meeker, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Norman, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Pipestone, Polk, Pope, Ramsey, Red Lake, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Sherburne, Sibley, St. Louis, Stearns, Steele, Stevens, Swift, Wabasha, Waseca, Washington, Watonwan, Wilkin, Winona, Wright, Yellow Medicine
EcoregionDriftless Area, Lake Agassiz Plain, North Central Hardwood Forests, Northern Glaciated Plains, Northern Lakes and Forests, Northern Minnesota Wetlands, Western Cornbelt Plains
Approximate Eco ProvinceEastern Broadleaf Forest, Laurentian Mixed Forest, Prairie Parkland, Tallgrass Aspen Parklands