Perennial. This top pollinator favorite is easy to grow from seed and to care for. It’s loaded with nectar so the sublty spotted flowers hum with life. Because of its strong smell, mammals won’t bother it, yet it’s a delight in the gardens because simply brushing this plant will release a beautiful mint aroma. The first botanical records of this plant come from French botanist Andre Michaux’s notes from the late 18th century. It naturalizes in dry prairie or glade habitats, but also does well in sunny to partially shaded drained beds. It can readily spread by rhizomes, but roots can be cut back once a year to prevent spreading.
- 4-12 hours of Sun
- Sprouts in 10-14 Days
- Ideal Temperature: 55-90 Degrees F
- Seed Depth: Surface Sow
- Plant Spacing: 12"
- Frost Hardy: Yes
- Pycnanthemum pilosum
Growing Tips: Surface sow, gently pressing seeds into soil (requires light to germinate). Limit spread by creating root barriers in the soil, or grow in containers off the ground. Ample water support the most lush growth.