Mountain mints are REALLY easy to root....

frillycarnationsJuly 10, 2006

in case anyone was wondering...... I rooted some in water and replanted out in ground. :)

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janet_e(6B PA)

Thanks for posting the tip! I failed in an attempt to grow mountain mint from seed this spring, so it's nice to have another option.

    Bookmark   July 12, 2006 at 10:30PM
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catfishsam

How are mountain mints different from regular mints?

    Bookmark   July 12, 2006 at 11:25PM
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njtea(NJ Z6)

I just pull some out of the ground and stick it in someplace else. Actually, it's becoming a tad bit invasive, P. muticum, that is. The other one, I think it's P. tenuifolum, is less invasive.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2006 at 12:20PM
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ladyslppr(z6 PA)

Catfisham wrote:
How are mountain mints different from regular mints?

Catfisham:

Mountain mints are related to regular mints, but are in a separate genus and are not, as far as I know, used for flavoring foods, at least not very widely used. The mint family includes many genera including the mints used for flavoring (mostly in genus Mentha), bee balms (genus Monarda), and Mountain Mints (genus Pycnanthemum). If you have grown any mint such as Spearmint (Mentha spicata) you would recognize Mountain mints as close relatives. Mountain Mints have herby or minty smell to the leaves and spread like garden mints, although not quite as rapidly as some. There are a number of species native to the eastern US (PA has about 8), most of which grow pretty easily in the garden or meadow. They aren't spectacular in flower like bee balms, but are easy, attractive, and native, so they are pretty popular with wildflower gardeners.

    Bookmark   July 13, 2006 at 1:21PM
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yarthkin(6-7a)

catfishsam,

Mountain mints are not as agressive, attract butterflies, and often have attractive white or silvery pubescent foliage. Best of all, same minty flavor and makes good tea (should be avoided though if pregnant).

    Bookmark   July 14, 2006 at 3:06PM
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