(Pycnanthemum virginianum ‘Mountain’)
Mountain Mint is a native perennial herb that is can be commonly found growing along streams, rivers, ponds, swamps, and wet meadows throughout the Midwest and northeastern United States. At maturity, this plant reaches the height of 24-36” and features erect branching stems, aromatic, narrow, tapering, toothless leaves, and clusters of aromatic, white, two lipped flowers. This plant attracts bees, butterflies, and predatory wasps, is resistant to deer, and is both edible and medicinal!
Variety: Mountain Mint
Also Known As: Virginia Mountainmint, Wild Basil, Prairie Hyssop
Native to: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Québec, Rhode I., South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin.
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: erect branching stems, aromatic, narrow, tapering, toothless leaves, and clusters of aromatic, white, two lipped flowers.
Garden Uses: Interesting plant for the herb garden, border, naturalized area or meadow. Also may be grown in open areas near ponds and streams.
(Rudbeckia hirta 'Black-Eyed Susan')
Black-Eyed Susan is a native tender perennial flower commonly found growing in fields, woods, prairies, and along roadsides throughout the eastern United States. At maturity, this plant reaches the height of 1-3' and features 3-7” hairy lance-shaped leaves, 3” daisy-like flowers with orange to yellow petals, and a brown dome center. This plant attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, tolerates drought and light frost, is resistant to deer, self-sows, and is used as a cut flower!
(Eupatorium perfoliatum ‘Boneset’)
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 reaches a height of 3-4' and features hairy stems, wrinkled, lance-shaped leaves with clusters of 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!
(Tradescantia occidentalis ‘Prairie Spiderwort’)
Prairie Spiderwort is a native clump-forming perennial flower that can be commonly found growing in hill and elevated sand prairies, and along roadsides and railroads throughout the mid-west and central United States. At maturity, this plant reaches the height of 2' and features branching stems, long narrow leaves, and 3 petaled violet-blue flowers that have yellow anthers. This plant can be grown in a container, attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, is resistant to deer and rabbits, self sows, and is great as a cut flower!