Common Mountain Mint is a favorite of pollinators. Its dense clusters of minute white flowers are often surrounded by an abundance of visiting insects. As a mint, it can readily spread to form a colony. Its fragrant foliage serves as a deterrent to mammals.
Bees, wasps, flies, butterflies, beetles
3 to 7
2 to 3 ft.
1 to 1.5 ft.
Partial Shade, Full Sun
Medium Soil, Wet Soil
July, August, September
Great for herb gardens, pollinator gardens, or naturalized areas, especially when planted in mass. Since it prefers moist soils, it can also be grown near waterways.
Care and Maintenance
Easily grown in wide range of conditions, prefers more sun than not.
Pest and Diseases
No major issues. Not preferred by browsing mammals due to minty taste.
Establishment and Propagation
Plant from plug. If start from seeds, no pretreatment is necessary. Because of the small size of the seeds, they do better when started in flats, then transplanted. Can be divided in spring or fall.
Alternative Plant Selections
Slender Mountain Mint
Illinois native statewide
Upright perennial that can form colonies due to its rhizomatous root system