Native Region: Eastern North America
Zone Range: 5-9
Preferred Climate: Semi sun; well draining evenly moist soil.
Harvest Date: Thursday 02 February, 2012
Seed count: 50-60
The entire plant possesses a refreshing minty scent. Smallish lance shaped somewhat hairy leaves are arranged in whorls along the length of its 1 meter stems. Dense clusters of white flowers with purple spots appear on the stem tips from late Spring until frost.
Mountain mint is a great nectar plant and its honey is much sought after. Scent is subtley different from the two other minty plants I grow (English or Mentha mint and Korean (Agastache) mint) in the same fashion as apple variety possessing different flavours. Makes a very nice tea. Dries very well for those pick-me-up winter teas. Grows well with Monarda didyma, Agastache rugosa and Althea officinalis. Deer proof, disease free.
Very fine seed. Easy to germinate. Sow thinly: best done by adding the seed to a small amount of sand, mix well and spread evenly on prepared nursery pot (filled with well draining moisture retaining medium). Tamp firm. Keep moist and out of the sun. Optimum germination temp: 20 C. Days to germinate: 14-21 days. Don't prick out or transplant until seedlings are in the 4-5 true leaf stage.