•American grown seeds
•USDA Zones: 5-8
Pycnanthemum pilosum, commonly called hairy mountain mint, is a clump-forming perennial that typically grows 1-3’ tall. It is native from Ontario to Michigan to Iowa south to Tennessee, Arkansas and Oklahoma. In Missouri, this Pycnanthemum is indigenous to prairies, open dry and upland woodlands, thickets and along railroads throughout most of the state except the lowland southeastern counties (Steyermark). Features small, two-lipped, white (sometimes lavender-tinged) flowers with purple spotting in mid to late summer. Flowers appear in both terminal and axillary clusters (to 1.5” wide). Leaves (to 3” long) are narrow (3/4” wide) and noted for being very aromatic when bruised. In comparison to other Pycnanthemums, its leaves are broader and short-stalked.
Pycnanthemum is diaphoretic, stimulant, antispasmodic, carminative, and tonic. A warm infusion is very useful in puerperal, remittent, and other forms of fever, coughs, colds, catarrhs, etc., and is of much benefit in spasmodic diseases, especially colic, cramp of the stomach, and spasms of infants. Please consult a trained herbalist.
Transplant (recommended): Start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before transplanting out in mid- to late spring. Sprinkle the seeds on the surface of the soil and lightly tamp into the soil so that the seeds are barely covered. Harden off before transplanting outside. Space 12" apart in rows 18" apart.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-14 days.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Grows well in average to moist soil.
PLANT HEIGHT: 24-36".
PLANT SPACING: 12".
HARVEST: Leaves may be harvested throughout the growing season. Gather flowering tops and leaves in late summer to dry for winter use. Leaves may be used for making teas and scenting potpourris. Flowers can be used in dried arrangements.
***These products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and therefore we cannot claim to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. All information on our site is provided for educational purposes only.
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