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Pycnanthemum californicum

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Pycnanthemum californicum
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Pycnanthemum californicum

Species Name: Pycnanthemum californicum
Common Name: California Mint

Minty-fragrance in a plant that can tolerate being walked on--what a treat! And the deer don't eat it. Does need a moist environment to survive southern California summers.

Plant Family: Lamiaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 2' H x spreading
Growth Habit: Spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Stress deciduous
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Part sun to shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Regular
Cold Hardy to: 35 degrees F
Flower Season: Summer
Flower Color: White
Endangered?: Not Listed
Distribution: Klamath Range, North Coast Range, Cascade Range, Sierra Nevada, Northern Sacramento Valley, Transverse Range, Peninsular Range, Modoc Plateau
Natural Habitat: Moist sites of chaparral, oak woodland, and coniferous forests. Elevation: 1,500-5,500'

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