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Common Name: Hoary Mountain Mint
Pycnanthemum incanum is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
Eastern N. America - New Hampshire to New York, south to New Carolina and Tennessee.
Dry woods and thickets[
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 fresh or dried leaves are brewed into an aromatic mint-like tea[
A tea made from the leaves is diaphoretic and carminative[
]. A poultice of the leaves is used in the treatment of headaches[
]. An infusion of the plant is used in the treatment of stomach upsets, fevers, colds and sinus headaches[
]. A warm infusion of the plant has been used to bathe an inflamed penis[
]. The plant is harvested as it comes into flower and can be used fresh or dried.
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.