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Hairy Mountain Mint Seeds

Pycnanthemum pilosum

  • HOW TO GROW
  • FAST FACTS
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HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Direct sow in early spring as soon as the soil has warmed, pressing into the surface of the soil surface since this plant needs light to germinate. Keep the soil lightly moist until germination. If starting the seed indoors, keep in mind that the best temperature for germination is 65-70 degrees F. Keep seedlings lightly moist, and transplant them as soon as they have developed several leaves.

Growing: Water seedlings regularly until they become established, and control weeds. Mature plants tolerate drought well and flourish in fairly dry soil, though they will benefit from occasional watering in dry weather. This plant also grows well in rocky or clay soil. It can spread vigorously once established; to help prevent this, cut the plant back after blooming has finished. It also grows well in containers. This plant is extremely attractive to bees, and is a valuable nectar plant.

Harvesting: This plant can be harvested for both fresh and dried use. Choose stems that are just beginning to bloom, cutting them in the morning before the dew has dried.

Seed Saving: The flower spike will turn brown and dry while the seeds begin to form. Watch the plant carefully, since the seeds will soon blow away with the wind. Shake the ripe seed heads over a container to remove the seed. Store the seed in a cool, dry place.

FAST FACTS

Latin Name: Pycnanthemum pilosum

Species Origin: US Native Wildflower

Type: Native Wildflowers

Life Cycle: Perennial

USDA Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

US Regions: Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 185,000

Stratification: No Stratification

Germination Ease: No Stratification

Height: 36 Inches

Uses: Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Honeybees, Attracts Butterflies, Aromatic

Size Price Quantity
XL Mylar Packet (~2000 Seeds) $2.50 -+
1/16 Oz Mylar (1.77g) $6.00 -+
1/4 Oz Mylar (7.09g) $10.50 -+
1 Oz Mylar (28.4g) $30.00 Sold Out
1/4 Lb Mylar (113g) $120.00 Sold Out
1 Lb Mylar (454g) $450.00 Sold Out
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DESCRIPTION

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Though not from the true mint family, this native American herb provides a very respectable substitute and has a long history of culinary use. The first botanical records of this plant come from French botanist Andre Michaux’s notes from the late 18th century, as a result of his expedition through the mountains of Pennsylvania. The formidable genus name “Pycnanthemum” comes from Latin words meaning “many clustered flowers,” while the species name “pilosum” means “softly hairy” in reference to the texture of the foliage.


HOW TO GROW

Sowing: Direct sow in early spring as soon as the soil has warmed, pressing into the surface of the soil surface since this plant needs light to germinate. Keep the soil lightly moist until germination. If starting the seed indoors, keep in mind that the best temperature for germination is 65-70 degrees F. Keep seedlings lightly moist, and transplant them as soon as they have developed several leaves.

Growing: Water seedlings regularly until they become established, and control weeds. Mature plants tolerate drought well and flourish in fairly dry soil, though they will benefit from occasional watering in dry weather. This plant also grows well in rocky or clay soil. It can spread vigorously once established; to help prevent this, cut the plant back after blooming has finished. It also grows well in containers. This plant is extremely attractive to bees, and is a valuable nectar plant.

Harvesting: This plant can be harvested for both fresh and dried use. Choose stems that are just beginning to bloom, cutting them in the morning before the dew has dried.

Seed Saving: The flower spike will turn brown and dry while the seeds begin to form. Watch the plant carefully, since the seeds will soon blow away with the wind. Shake the ripe seed heads over a container to remove the seed. Store the seed in a cool, dry place.

FAST FACTS

Latin Name: Pycnanthemum pilosum

Species Origin: US Native Wildflower

Type: Native Wildflowers

Life Cycle: Perennial

USDA Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

US Regions: Midwest, Northern, Northeast, Southeast

Seeds per Ounce: 185,000

Stratification: No Stratification

Germination Ease: No Stratification

Height: 36 Inches

Uses: Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Honeybees, Attracts Butterflies, Aromatic

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