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Any plant in the Pycnanthemum genus (Mountain Mint) is a great choice to include in your landscape.
The abundant nectar of Mountain Mints attracts a dizzying array of insects. Mountain Mints draws bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, ants, flies and beetles. I cannot think of another plant genus that attracts such a diversity of insects. I have seen some extraordinarily large predatory wasps on Mountain Mints – not to worry, though, these wasps are highly effective predators of many insect pests.
Mountain Mints are square stemmed with opposite leaves. Some have very broad foliage and some have quite narrow leaves. The plants are strongly scented and as a result, deer and other herbivores tend to avoid them. It’s a good defensive strategy to plant Mountain Mint around plants which deer like to browse.
Some plants, like Broad-leaved Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum muticum) prefer moist soil, and some, like Slender Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum tenuifolium) thrive in dryer soils. Although some Pycnanthemum species are vigorous growers, most do well at minding their manners in the garden. Of the four different species I have grown, not one has been a “thug” in my garden.
There are approximately 20 species of Mountain Mints that are native to North America. These are the ones that I usually see available for sale in the Northeast: