- Common Name(s):
- Hoary mountain mint, Hoary mountain-mint, Mountain mint
- Herbs, Native Plants, Perennials, Wildflowers
Hoary mountain-mint, so called because of the hoary/white appearance of the upper leaves and bracts beneath its flower clusters, is in the Lamiaceae family. It is an erect, many-branched perennial that typically grows 2-3' tall on square stems like all members of the mint family. It can be used to help stop erosion it is drought tolerant and grows well even in dry soils. It roots by stems and self seeds easily naturalizing in a landscape so be aware of its weedy tendancies.
Hoary Mountainmint is a herbaceous perennial that may grow 5 feet tall. The stem is densely covered with short white hairs. The leaves are opposite with a toothed margin and white top. White or lilac flowers with purple spots first mature in mid summer and continue into early fall.
Regions: Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain
Seasons of Interest:
Bloom: Summer, fall; Fruit/Nut/Seed: Fall
Wildlife Value: Hoary mountain-mint is highly deer resistant. Flowers are attractive to butterflies, especially smaller species like hairstreaks, and many other insects.
- Summer into early fall
- 1-3 ft.
- 1.5 to 4 in. egg- to lance-shaped, toothed, opposite, stalked leaves with white down (hoary) below; square stems
- Cluster of small, lobed, two-lipped, whitish to lavender flowers with small purple spots; hoary bracts below the flower. Blooms July to September.
- Erect, many branched
- Woods, thickets average, dry to medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Best flowering in full sun.
- Rhizome rooting and self seeds easily
- Full sun to partial shade
- Life Cycle:
NCCES plant id: 2703