Also known as
Herb-Scent Geranium, Pennyroyal Pelargonium, Peppermint Geranium, Piperitum
2 years to reach maturity
This plant has a strong fragrance
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Peppermint-Scented Pelargonium Overview
Pelargonium tomentosum is an aesthetically pleasing, aromatic low sprawling shrub that has soft hairs on the leaves and stem known throughout the temperate parts of South Africa. The name tomentosum refers to the leaves, which are thickly and evenly covered with short, curved, matted hairs creating a showy sprawling ground-cover. The peppermint-scented leaves can be used as a culinary herb, as well as being an ornamental garden-plant and being used in medicinal applications.
Common problems with Peppermint-Scented Pelargonium
Pests include vine weevil, caterpillars and thrips. Diseases include grey moulds, bacterial blight, fungal infections, Geranium rust, the fungi Fusarium, Pythium, Botrytis, Verticillium and Lasiodiplodia.
Peppermint-Scented Pelargonium Companion Plants
Plant next to cabbages to repel the white cabbage butterfly. Edge your vegetable garden with any of the scented geramiums, their wonderful scent will lure insects away from the fruit and vegetables.
How to harvest Peppermint-Scented Pelargonium
Harvest early in the morning or the night before usage so cuttings don’t wilt. Leaves should be removed by snipping rather than pulling.
How to propagate Peppermint-Scented Pelargonium
Stem cuttings (± 10 cm in length) are taken in autumn and spring, dipped into a suitable rooting hormone powder, and placed in trays containing coarse river sand watered with fungicide.
Special features of Peppermint-Scented Pelargonium
Can be grown in pots, provided they drain well.
Indoors, provide with light soil mix, good light and ventilation, and mid-day shade.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts insects such as bees and butterflies.
Other uses of Peppermint-Scented Pelargonium
Grown for their foliage and colourful flowers. Some are grown for the fragrance of their leaves. They are useful in pots or as bedding plants; in warm conditions flowers are borne almost continuously. Suitable for coastal conditions.
Due to the astringent characteristics of the oils in its leaves, a poultice can be made to treat sprains or bruises. It is also used for treating sore throats if the menthol is obtained correctly.
The leaves are edible and are great as a flavoring for cakes or tea. The little white flowers can be used as a fragrant garnish.
Mosquitoes, flies and horseflies can't bear the smell of any scented geraniums, rub the leaves and sprigs onto counter tops and windowsills, over blankets and pillows to keep these pests away.