Short-toothed Mountain Mint


  • USDA Zones 4 to 8 (Find Your Zone)
  • 3 to 4 Feet Tall, 2 to 3 Feet Spread
  • Full Sun to Part Sun
  • Showy Flowers, Fragrant Leaves
  • Attracts Bees, Butterflies, Beneficial Wasps, Flies, Beetles, Skippers and Small Butterflies
  • Host Plant of Wavy-lined Emerald Butterfly
  • Tolerant of Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Clay or Rocky Soil,


Short-toothed Mountain Mint, Pycanthemum muticum, is a native perennial in the mint family commonly found in woodland areas and thickets, preferring moist to medium, well-drained soils. This mint relative bears oval, toothed leaves on square stems that emit a strong spearmint fragrance when crushed. In late summer, August – September, the plants are capped with dense rounded clusters of tiny white to lavender tubular flowers that are adored by butterflies and other pollinators. The leaves surrounding the flower clusters are highlighted in silver and are bract-like with a whitish patina. During the hot humid summer months, the soothing minty fragrance and the frosty white bracts give off an illusion of ‘coolness’. Though a magnet for pollinators, this species is largely pest resistant and the aromatic foliage is also unpalatable to deer, rabbits and other herbivores. Short-toothed Mountain Mint thrives in sunny to partly shaded sites with moist, well-drained soil, and is tolerant of clay, heat and drought. This rhizomatous species will spread forming clump colonies, though the rhizomes are shallow, so unwanted plants can be easily pulled to deter unwanted spread

Photo: Bluestone Perennials

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