Also known as
Pennyrile, Squaw Mint, Mosquito Plant, Pudding Grass, European Pennyroyal
This plant has a strong fragrance
Mentha pulegium is a perennial species from the Lamiaceae family. It is commonly known by the names Pennyroyal or Pennyrile, amongst other names. Pennyroyal has a low spreading habit and can be used as a ground cover. Though it is somewhat sparse in the winter and can be invaded by the more aggressive weeds. Crushed Pennyroyal leaves emit a very strong aroma similar to spearmint. Small purple blooms are produced on vertical inflorescences in whorls during the summer. The fresh or dried plant will repel fleas, ants, moths and rodents.
Generally problem free.
Leaves and stems can be harvested to dry at any growth stage.
Divide in spring or autumn - remove runners with roots and replant.
Seeds can be sown into trays, but best propagation is by division.
Repels harmful insects
The fresh or dried plant will repel fleas, ants, moths, and rodents.
Attracts useful insects
The flowers provide food for bees and butterflies.