Narrowleaf Mountain Mint, Pycanthemum tenuifolium, is a native perennial wildflower naturally found in dry meadows, fields, thickets, open wood, upland prairies, as well as roadsides and pine barrens. All parts of this stiff, erect, compact and clump-forming mint are highly aromatic when crushed. Beginning in June and lasting through September, this 2-4 ft. mint displays flower clusters of numerous small, two-lipped corollas, ranging from white to lavender with purple spots. This plant can spread aggressively so it benefits having space for naturalizing or cutting back as needed. Attractive to native bees, bumblebees and honey bees, Narrowleaf Mountain Mint was selected as the 1999 NC Wildflower of the Year.
Photo: Carrabus Hope Duckworth, North Carolina Plant Toolbox