Monday, 11 August 2014

Pycnanthemum - the Mountain Mints

A little-grown genus in the UK - this group of North American mints are wonderfully aromatic (of peppermint) and worth growing for that alone but some are very attractive in flower too.

Pycnanthemum muticum
Pycnanthemum muticum

P.muticum has the great bonus of pearly white, almost Euphorbia-like bracts around the flower heads which gives the whole plant a pale ghostly effect, especially if grown in moist semi shaded conditions.
Pycnanthemum muticum
P.muticum is said to run vigorously but I have not found them invasive. Very adaptable and hardy but seem best in moist fertile soils in semi shade.
sold out - more later in the summer

Pycnanthemum tenuifolium
Pycnanthemum cf. tenuifolium
Upright plants with narrow peppermint scented foliage and pale flowers. Adaptable, pretty and not at all invasive.
2L pots - £5

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