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Peppermint-Scented Pelargonium

Pelargonium tomentosum

Also known as

Pennyroyal Pelargonium Mint-Geur Malva(Afr.), Peppermint scented geranium, Geranium

Full Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

9a-11b

USDA zone

-7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

2m

80cm

Min

1m

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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. ZA Distribution: Western Cape.

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

Cuttings

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.

Division

Special features of Peppermint-Scented Pelargonium

Pot plant

Can be grown in pots, provided they drain well.

Indoor plant

Indoors, provide with light soil mix, good light and ventilation, and mid-day shade.

Attracts useful insects

Attracts insects such as bees and butterflies.

Attractive flowers

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.

Medicinal

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.

Edible

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.

Insect repellant

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.

Edible

Pelargonium (Indoor Geraniums)

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