Audubon® Slender Mountain Mint
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Pollination power station! Please every pollinator on the block with this underappreciated, underused native. Slender Mountain Mint is a bushy Spirit with fine-textured foliage and a parade of little white flowers in summer. When in bloom, butterflies, bees, and every kind of beneficial wasp, fly, beetle, and bug will be in your garden. These creaturesmay be new to your garden, providing ample opportunities to study them and learn about these hard workers that we all (plants, animals, and people!) depend upon for our survival. Wonderful in wildflower meadows, wildlife habitat gardens, children’s gardens, informal borders, and herb gardens.
May Benefit & Attract: sparrows, finches, wood warblers, wrens, thrushes, vireos
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- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
Bower & Branch is proud to grow Audubon® Native Plants for Birds in partnership with the National Audubon Society to help birds and other wildlife thrive.
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- Your purchase and planting of this native flora directly supports Audubon’s conservation mission and impact
- Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program
- Audubon Native Plants & Trees are free of neonicotinoids and exclusively grown by Bower & Branch
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- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
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Mountain Mint is a bit of a misnomer, because it doesn’t usually grow in the mountains. In the wild, Slender Mountain Mint is found near bogs and streams, as well as in drier sites in open woods and prairie remnants. Its native range is vast, extending from Minnesota to Maine in the North (and into eastern Canada) and from Texas to Florida in the South. This plant’s leaves have long been used to brew tea, although Mountain Mint tea is considered more medicinal than delicious. It was administered by pioneer parents to settle upset stomachs.
Just how attractive is Slender Mountain Mint to pollinators? A study of 244 flowering plants in Illinois showed it to be one of the insects’ top choices. Its blossoms drew in 29 species of butterflies and moths and 31 species of flies! “Flies” may make you think of houseflies, but in fact, this group of insects is quite diverse, and some species of flies are worthy pollinators.
How to Grow
Slender Mountain Mint is an adaptable Spirit that is easy to grow and rewarding for even beginning gardeners. Plant it in full sun if possible; some shade during the afternoon is acceptable, too. This plant likes moist soil, but will be somewhat drought tolerant once established. If it is getting too dry, it will tell you by turning yellowish. Slender Mountain Mint develops a taproot, but it also puts out many underground stems, by which it spreads. Plan for this by giving it a space where it can roam a little. If it spreads too much, you can easily dig up the extras to put somewhere else or to give away!
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