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Mountain Mint
Pycnanthemum californicum
About Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum californicum) 8 Nurseries Carry This Plant Pycnanthemum californicum is a species of flowering plant in the mint family known by the common name Sierra mint. It is endemic to California, where it grows in mountains and foothills throughout the state, in chaparral, woodland, forest, and other habitat. It is a perennial herb growing erect one half to one meter in height, with hairless to fuzzy, aromatic herbage. The oppositely arranged leaves are lance-shaped to nearly oval, each a few centimeters long. The inflorescences are located in clusters about the stem just above each upper pair of leaves. Each flower has a whitish upper lip and a purplish lower lip, sometimes with spots.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb

1.6 - 3.3 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Purple, White

Flowering Season
Flowering Season
Summer, Fall

Wildlife Supported

Butterflies & moths hosted ( 3 likely * ) SHOW ALL

Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade

Moderate - High


Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
1, 4, 5, 6, 7*, 8, 9, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Moist places

Annual Precipitation: 5.8" - 77.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.25" - 2.71", Coldest Month: 32.4" - 54.1", Hottest Month: 56.0" - 79.7", Humidity: 0.47" - 29.30", Elevation: 275" - 7419"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Sierra Mint

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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