Southern Mountain Mint
Pycnanthemum pycnanthemoides / Mint Family
August 1, 2008
Good grief, what a difficult scientific name to have to type or pronounce! There are several Mountain Mints growing in east Tennessee. Several of them have the whitish, hoary leaves, so it can be difficult to tell them apart. Luckily, I had a rare plant expert with me to help identify this plant. Although this plant was photographed in Kentucky, we share many of the same plants along our common border and habitats. Much of the Daniel Boone National Forest has the same topography and flora as the Cumberland Plateau that extends into central eastern Tennessee.