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Mentha pulegium

Pennyroyal

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Features

  • BloomsJune
  • Height0.1m to 0.35m
  • Spread0.4m to 0.5m
  • Growth HabitStalked clump
  • Flower ColourPurple blue
  • Leaf ColourBright green

Description

Mentha pulegium (Pennyroyal). The leaves are small, elliptical, grey-green and hairy, This species produces spreading stems that form a foliage clump about 10cm. In summer and early autumn upright spikes with whorls of pale lilac to soft purple-pink flowers.

Characteristics

Perennial, Fragrant

Other common names

Mint

Origin

Iran, Europe

Interest and use

Wildflower, ground cover.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Light, Medium, Low salinity
  • Soil pH5.5 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are very frost hardy, and need sunshine and rich soil with lots of moisture. You can propagate from seed or by root division in spring or autumn.

Propagation

You can propagate from seed or by root division in spring or autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Plants can be invasive and often grown in containers partly for this reason.

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