Nov. 1, 2017

whorled mountain-mint, Pycnanthemum verticillatum

One of the joys of wildflower hunting is the unexpected. When I went south to Kentucky and West Virginia in 2015, it never occurred to me that I would find a bunch of mountain-mints. I know they're called mountain-mints, but in my experience they don't grow on mountains. They are largely plants of wetlands. For every mountain, there's a valley, and southern Ohio and Kentucky surprised me with four new species of mountain-mints, all growing in the usual damp areas. Whorled mountain-mint grows in AR, CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD(E), ME, MI(S), MO, MS, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN(X), VT, WV, ON, and QC. Hamilton Co OH, 7/13/15.