About Hairy Wood Mint: This charming variety of wood mint also has the name of Hairy Pagoda Plant because of its unusual stacked clusters of flowers. Its Latin genus name Blephilia means “eyelash,” in reference to the fringes of soft hairs on the blossoms. In the wild, Hairy Wood Mint grows in rich woodland soil or in sheltered areas.
Hairy Wood Mint Germination: Direct sow in late fall, planting on the surface of the soil. For spring planting, mix the seed with moist sand and store it in the refrigerator for 60 days before direct sowing. This plant prefers medium or well-drained moist soil, though it adapts to rocky, clay, or sandy soil.
Growing Hairy Wood Mint Seeds: Provide water for seedlings until they become established. Mature plants may need watering in dry weather. This plant attracts bees and butterflies.
Harvesting Hairy Wood Mint: Though edible, the leaves of hairy wood mint do not have the strength and quality of culinary mint. To dry the stalks, cut them at ground level and hang them upside down in a warm, dark place for several weeks.
Saving Hairy Wood Mint Seeds: After flowering, the spikes will mature and turn brown. Shake the ripe seed heads over a container to remove the seed. Store the seed in a cool, dark place.
Detailed Hairy Wood Mint Info: Origin: US Native Other Common Names: Hairy Pagoda Plant Duration: Perennial Bloom Time: Summer-Early Fall Height: 24-36 inches Spacing: 15-18 inches Light: Part Sun to Woodland Soil Moisture: Medium USDA Zone: 4a-8b Seeds Per Oz: 237,000 Produces fragrant, hairy leaves and stems topped with circular clusters of pale purple, hairy flowers.