- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
- Mature Height: 2-3' tall
- Mature Width: 2-3' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
- Spacing: 2-3' apart
- May Benefit & Attract: sparrows, finches, wood warblers, wrens, thrushes, vireos
- The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow.
- This bird-friendly native trees provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
- All Audubon® branded trees are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment.
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships in a plant-safe designed box
Why the Audubon® Slender Mountain Mint?
Pollination power station! Please every pollinator on the block with this underappreciated, underused native. Slender Mountain Mint is a bushy Spirit with fine-textured foliage and a parade of little white flowers in summer. When in bloom, butterflies, bees, and every kind of beneficial wasp, fly, beetle, and bug will be in your garden. These creaturesmay be new to your garden, providing ample opportunities to study them and learn about these hard workers that we all (plants, animals, and people!) depend upon for our survival. Wonderful in wildflower meadows, wildlife habitat gardens, children’s gardens, informal borders, and herb gardens.
Mountain Mint is a bit of a misnomer, because it doesn’t usually grow in the mountains. In the wild, Slender Mountain Mint is found near bogs and streams, as well as in drier sites in open woods and prairie remnants. Its native range is vast, extending from Minnesota to Maine in the North (and into eastern Canada) and from Texas to Florida in the South. This plant’s leaves have long been used to brew tea, although Mountain Mint tea is considered more medicinal than delicious. It was administered by pioneer parents to settle upset stomachs.
How to use in the landscape?
Just how attractive is Slender Mountain Mint to pollinators? A study of 244 flowering plants in Illinois showed it to be one of the insects’ top choices. Its blossoms drew in 29 species of butterflies and moths and 31 species of flies! “Flies” may make you think of houseflies, but in fact, this group of insects is quite diverse, and some species of flies are worthy pollinators.
Why Bower & Branch?
We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower
Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.
What is the definition of Native?
“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society
Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.
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How To Plant
Slender Mountain Mint is an adaptable Spirit that is easy to grow and rewarding for even beginning gardeners. Plant it in full sun if possible; some shade during the afternoon is acceptable, too. This plant likes moist soil, but will be somewhat drought tolerant once established. If it is getting too dry, it will tell you by turning yellowish. Slender Mountain Mint develops a taproot, but it also puts out many underground stems, by which it spreads. Plan for this by giving it a space where it can roam a little. If it spreads too much, you can easily dig up the extras to put somewhere else or to give away!
How To Fertilize
Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.
Hardiness Zone: 4-8