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Common Name: Virginia Mountain Mint
Pycnanthemum virginianum 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 - Virginia to New England, north to North Dakota.
Gravelly shores, meadows, dry to wet thickets etc[
Succeeds in most soils[
] but prefers a rich loamy soil in full sun or partial shade with plenty of moisture in the growing season[
Plants are hardy to at least -15°c[
Flower buds and leaves - raw or cooked. A mint-like flavour, they make a nice addition to salads or can be used as a condiment[
The fresh or dried leaves are brewed into a refreshing mint-like tea[
A tea made from the leaves is alterative, diaphoretic and carminative[
]. A poultice of the leaves is used in the treatment of headaches[
]. The tea is also used in the treatment of menstrual disorders, indigestion, colic, coughs, colds, chills and fevers[
].The flowering stems are cut as flowering begins and they can be used fresh or dried[
]. There is a suggestion that this plant can cause abortions, so it is best not used by pregnant women[
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.