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Common Name: Mountain Mint
Pycnanthemum pilosum is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.50 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Eastern N. America - Ontario and Michigan south to Tennessee, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
Dry to moist woods, thickets and clearings[
Succeeds in most soils[
] but prefers a rich loamy soil in full sun or partial shade with plenty of moisture in the growing season[
A good butterfly plant[
Flower buds and leaves - raw or cooked[
]. A nice addition to salads or used as a condiment.
The fresh or dried leaves are brewed into a delicious mint-like tea[
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.