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Mountain Mint - Pycnanthemum virginianum *RPBB*

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Common Mountain Mint features strongly four-angled stems with scattered white hairs along the ridges. A bushy perennial of the prairie and savanna, its fragrant foliage has been used for tea. Clusters of white flowerheads bloom all summer beginning in June. A fantastic pollinator plant as its nectar-rich flowers attract a broad array of insects, including various bees, wasps, flies, small butterflies (including Pearl Cresecent butterflies), and beetles. Most of these insects seek nectar. Mammals and many leaf-chewing insects apparently find the mint fragrance of the leaves and stems repugnant, and rarely bother this plant. Soil Type: Loam/Sand Soil Conditions: Wet-Dry Mesic Flower Color: White Height: 3' Light: Full to part sun Credits: Info courtesy of Pizzo Native Nursery and IllinoisWildflowers.info; Photo courtesy of wiki: Hardy plants at English wikipedia

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