Virginia Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum) - also called Common Mountain Mint
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Virginia Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum) - also called Common Mountain Mint

(Virginia Mountain Mint - 01)  On a dew covered morning, we spotted this patch of Virginia mountain mint.  Virginia or common mountain mint is a native or eastern North America and grows to heights of between one and three feet.

 

 

 

(Virginia Mountain Mint - 01a)  To the right of this photo, we are looking downward along the stem of one of the Virginia mountain mint plants.  In this view we can see the narrow lanceolate leaves grow opposite one another, and in different directions.  The leaves of the Virginia mountain mint grow to lengths of 2-1/2 inches, with the largest widths being slightly over 1/4 inch.  When crushed, the leaves have a strong mint odor. The broader leaves in the photo are from another plant.
 

 

(Virginia Mountain Mint - 01b)  This is another view of the flowers and leaves of the Virginia mountain mint.

 

 

 

 

 

(Virginia Mountain Mint - 02)  This is another look at the Virginia mountain mint with its flattened flower head which can have up to 50 flowers each. The Virginia mountain mint blooms from July to September.
 

 

 

 

(Virginia Mountain Mint - 02a)  If we look at the budded flower head of the Virginia mountain mint that hasn't bloomed yet, we can count at least 45 buds, but the flowers never bloom at the same time.  The flowers on each flattened head begin to bloom from the outer perimeter inward toward the center.  Another distinguishing characteristic of the Virginia mountain mint is the the flowers petals usually have purple dots.

 

 

 

(Virginia Mountain Mint - 02b)  The flower heads of the Virginia mountain mint about 3/4 inch across (2 cm.).  The individual tubular flowers are only about 1/4 inch wide and long when fully developed.  To the best that we can determine, each Virginia mountain mint flower has 4 petals (3 narrow and 1 broad), 4 stamens, and 1 pistil.

 

 

 

(Virginia Mountain Mint - 03)  This is a closer look at the dew covered flowers of the Virginia mountain mint.

 

 

 

 

(Virginia Mountain Mint - 03a)  The tiny dew drops give these Virginia mountain mint flowers a jewel-like appearance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Virginia Mountain Mint - 04)  This is another look at the dew covered leaves of the Virginia mountain mint.

 

 

 

 

(Virginia Mountain Mint - 05)  This is another look at the buds, flowers, and leaves of the Virginia mountain mint.

 

 

 

 

(Virginia Mountain Mint - 05a)  This is another look at the dew covered Virginia mountain mint.

 

 

 

 

 

(Virginia Mountain Mint - 06)  This is another view of the dew covered Virginia mountain mint.

 

 

 

 

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