|fly visiting for nectar
That's one powerful pollinator magnet and one powerful reason for planting Clustered Mountain Mint in your garden.
|I love it so much that I also planted it in a container by the door
Close your eyes and picture it blowing in the breeze with bees and butterflies dancing above it. Now go find some plants to add to your garden!
|The flowers are the tiniest little spotted tubular blooms clustered together to make it easy for the pollinators to stop by for a snack
As you may have already guessed, this mint family member has all the properties of most mints! Square stems, flowers in long clusters, heads, or interrupted whorls on the stem, a nice spearmint scent when the leaves are crushed and like other mint relatives...it's a vigorous grower if you love it or a thug if you don't! Plant it with moisture loving false dragonhead/obedient plant and monarda/bee balms and let them duke it out. Or, plant it in a container, so you can control the growth.
Hardiness zones 3 to 9
Native: It is native to Eastern North America (Maine to Michigan to Illinois and Missouri south to Florida and Texas)
Height: 1 to 3 foot
Spread: 1 to 3 foot
Bloom Time: July to September
Bloom Description: tiny pink spotted flowers
Sun: Full sun to part shade; edge of woodland
Maintenance: Let it go and don't worry, unless it's too dry.
Naturalizes: Mountain Mint is a perfect Clay and Limestone rough and tumble take care of itself wildflower.
Benefits: Excellent nectar and pollen source for lots of garden visitors including beneficial insects, small butterflies and bees
Stems and seedheads provide cover for insects and other critters during the winter
Extra: It's an insect repellant! Try rubbing bruised leaves and stems on your clothing to deter chiggers and mosquitoes.
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Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.