Pennyroyal

Mentha pulegium

Pennyrile, Squaw Mint, Mosquito Plant, Pudding Grass, European Pennyroyal

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This perennial species is also commonly known as pennyroyal, its 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.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Harvesting

Leaves and stems can be harvested to dry at any growth stage.

Propagation

Division

Divide in spring or autumn - remove runners with roots and replant.

Seed

Seeds can be sown into trays, but best propagation is by division.

Special features

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.

Special features

Origin

Europe, North Africa, Middle East

Natural climate

Temperate and Subtropical

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Full Shade, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Clay, Loam, Chalk, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Alkaline, Acid

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Personality

Family

Lamiaceae

Flower colour

Purple

Scent

Strong

Problems

Generally problem free.

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