Mountain Mint is a terrific, multi-tasking native perennial. It attracts beneficial pollinators to the garden like a magnet. It is incredibly aromatic and makes a wonderful tea or addition to herbal lotions. It is not a true mint like peppermint or spearmint (Mentha spp.), so it doesn't behave like those notorious garden mints that spread everywhere. Because of the strong fragrance it tends to keep deer away when planted among other garden plants.
This is a hardy native plant. Individual plants get to be 2-3 feet tall and spread about 2 feet. They tolerate full to partial sun and a medium moisture level (however I've known it to grow in some fairly dry conditions).
|Praying Mantis waiting for lunch on some Mountain Mint.|