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Common Name: Cluster Mountain Mint
Pycnanthemum muticum 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.
Eastern N. America - Maine to Virginia and Florida, west to Pennsylvania and Missouri.
]. Dry open woods in Texas[
Succeeds in most soils[
] but prefers a rich loamy soil in full sun or partial shade with plenty of moisture in the growing season[
Hardy to at least -15°c[
The bruised leaves are very aromatic[
The leaves have a pleasant mint-like aroma and flavour and can be used to make a refreshing tea[
]. They can also be used as a mint substitute in cooking[
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.