Hairy Mountain Mint in bloom
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 3 feet
Spacing: 4 feet
Hardiness Zone: 4
Other Names: Hairy Mountainmint
An aromatic, summer bloomer that produces clusters of white flowers with tiny purple spots, on sturdy upright stems; blooms persist from summer through fall; gray-green foliage is pubescent on both sides; an excellent border or container plant
Hairy Mountain Mint features showy clusters of white flowers with purple spots at the ends of the stems from mid summer to mid fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its fragrant pointy leaves remain grayish green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Hairy Mountain Mint is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Hairy Mountain Mint is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Hairy Mountain Mint will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 4 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 4 feet apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is native to parts of North America.
Hairy Mountain Mint is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.