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Common Name: Whiteleaf Mountain Mint
Pycnanthemum albescens is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
Eastern N. America - Northwest Florida and Texas to Oklahoma and southern Virginia.
Dry woods and thickets[
]. Low woods, along the sides of streams in Texas[
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in many parts of the country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Succeeds in most soils[
] but prefers a rich loamy soil in full sun or partial shade with plenty of moisture in the growing season[
The leaves are diaphoretic[
]. A hot decoction of the leaves is used in the treatment of colds[
Seed - sow spring or autumn in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
If there are sufficient seeds they can be sown in an outdoor seedbed in mid spring.
Division in spring.