Soil: Hydric (Moist) – Mesic (Medium)
Sun: Full Sun – Part Sun
Height: 1.5-3 feet
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Season: June – September
Suggested Uses: Mountain Mint is an excellent plant for large rain gardens and shoreline restorations. Grows well in alkaline conditions and can be found near calcareous fens. The leaves of this plant have a minty aroma when crushed can be used for making tea. It is a great plant for attracting butterflies and beneficial insects.
Native Range: Native to the Upper Midwest and the Northeast U.S. Native throughout the state of Minnesota.
Pollinators: Excellent for pollinators. Bees, butterflies, wasps, flies and beetles. It is a high-value nectar source for adult monarch butterflies. It is favored by the federally endangered Rusty Patched Bumble Bee (Bombus affinis).
Flowers: The flower heads are made up of many tiny tube-like flowers with single lobed upper lips and 3 lobed lower lips. They have 4 stamens and lilac anthers and a single long white style per flower.
Leaves: The opposite leaves are long and narrow.
Food Uses: The fresh or dried leaves can be made into tea.
More information: USDA plant profile