Despite being called Mountain Mint, the plant is not actually mint but only part of the Mentha family. You can say it’s closest relative to the bee balm. You can find more than 20 species of this genus, all commonly found in North America. You must not confuse the thin-leaved species to the wide-leaved species as the latter is toxic and can damage your liver.
So why am I talking about this plant?
I have only recently grown the Mountain Mint, and it’s absolutely wonderful. For one, it is a pollinator magnet. With this in your garden, you can attract lots of wasps, butterflies, and bees. The plant has a powerful nectar and pungent smell, which will remind you a lot of mint. But what I really love about it is that it has this certain spiciness, which is a distinct flavor in oil methone. You can use the flowers and leaves of the plant as herbal tea. I usually mix them in potpourri mix and dry them.
So Mountain Mint attracts pollinators and is a good medicinal plant. But that’s not all! With its soft, hairy leaves and gorgeous pale lavender flowers with purple spots, they are great additions to your garden’s aesthetics as well. They grow in clumps and will never take over another plant’s bed.
How to take care of Mountain Mint?
The plant can grow from 2 to 3 feet. Like its relatives, it is a hardy perennial, so it can grow in places with as low as -28 degree celsius. It can also survive in different light exposure and soil types. However, if you are in hot place, I suggest that you at least provide the plant with shade and moist soil. Maintenance is quite minimal, so even beginners can easily grow the plant.