Exposure: Full Sun-Part Sun Soil: Medium Dry-Medium Wet Height: 2' Bloom: July-August
Description: A small mint with clusters of showy white flowers that bloom in mid-to-late summer. This mint grows to be 2’-4’ tall and spreads rhizomatously to form small colonies, but not in an overly aggressive way like its taller cousin, Pycnanthemum virginianum. Its natural habitat includes upland prairies and dry, rocky, open woods.
Attracts: The flowers are very attractive to many kinds of insects, including long-tongued bees, short-tongued bees, wasps, flies, butterflies, skippers, beetles, and plant bugs. These insects usually seek nectar. Among the wasps, are such visitors as Thread-Waisted wasps, Bee Wolves (Philanthus spp.), Scoliid wasps, Tiphiid wasps, Sand wasps, Spider wasps, and Eumenine wasps. Flies visitors include Soldier flies, Syrphid flies, Mydas flies, bee flies, Thick-Headed flies, and Tachinid flies. Mammalian herbivores usually don't browse on this plant because of the minty taste; the foliage may contain anti-bacterial substances that disrupt the digestive process of herbivores.
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