Mint: Mountain (Pycnanthemum virginianum)
Also Known As: Virginia Mountainmint, Wild Basil, Prairie Hyssop
Native Range: Eastern United States
Grown as: Perennial
Maturity (Blooms): July to September
Light: Full sun
Soil moisture: Medium, well-drained.
Attracts Beneficial Insects?: Yes. Attract a large number of nectar seeking insects and butterflies.
Sow Depth: On Soil Surface
USDA Zone: 3a-7b
Produces: Clusters of small, white, 2-lipped flowers and strongly minty scented foliage.
Garden Uses: Interesting plant for the herb garden, border, naturalized area or meadow. Also may be grown in open areas near ponds and streams.
Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
This native prairie biennial forms a rosette of leaves the first year, followed by flowers the second year. It is covered with hairs that give it a slightly rough texture. The Green-headed Coneflower (R. laciniata) has yellow ray flowers pointing downward, a greenish-yellow disk, and irregularly divided leaves.
Boneset is a native clump-forming perennial flower that commonly grows in wet soils of woods, prairies, and meadows throughout the central and eastern United States. At maturity, this plant grows to the height of 3-4' and features wrinkled lanced shaped leaves that surround a hairy stem that is topped by clusters of flat corymbs of puffy white flowers. Not only is this plant great as a cut flower, but it also attracts bees and butterflies, is drought resistant, can grow in a container, has medicinal uses, is resistant to deer, and self sows!