Pycnanthemum virginianum
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Pycnanthemum virginianum

Virginia mountain mint
wild basil
prairie hyssop

  family labiatae 
  genus pycnanthemum 

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Genus  Pycnanthemum Species  virginianum Variety  Cultivar  Common names  Virginia mountain mint   wild basil   prairie hyssop Family  LABIATAE Specimen number  S11554 Data source  HtZn p160;Frgnt p309
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Various Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  2' - 3' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun to light shade Water  Moist, well drained Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 04a-08b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 08-02 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Pycnanthemum virginianum is a butterfly attractor. This plant is often used in dried arrangements. Only bee-lovers should consider this plant for their gardens. Virginia mountain mint (also known as wild basil and prairie hyssop) has leaves and flowers that are faintly sweet. This plant can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30� Fahrenheit. It needs a bit of a cold spell with temperatures below 15� Fahrenheit to do its best. This species needs summer days with high heat. This plant does best in full sun to light shade. It needs soil that is moist, well drained.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses  Dried arrangements Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  yes Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities  Attracts bees Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  It is mint flavored. Pycnanthemum virginianum is typically used as a flavoring. Virginia mountain mint (sometimes called wild basil and prairie hyssop) is most commonly used cooked.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  peppery aromatic leaves. scented Fragrance parts  Leaves   Flowers Fragrance intensity  Faint Fragrance category  Faintly sweet Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Flavoring   Cooked Nutritional value  Edible parts  Leaves Description of edible parts Flavor / texture  mint flavored
Horticulture notes  Pycnanthemum virginianum is a wildflower.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Leaves: Pycnanthemum virginianum has very narrow pointed leaves. August is the usual month for flowering.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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