Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium)

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Pennyroyal, also known as Indian Mint or Mosquito Plant is a member of the Mint family and is native to Europe, N. Africa and the Middle East.  Pennyroyal is an intensely strong fragrant perennial herb. It makes an excellent ground cover or hanging potted plant. The leaves are toothed and oval in shape. The aroma of crushed Pennyroyal leaves has been described as being similar to peppermint. It generally thrives in moist, damp areas and flowers brilliantly in spring.

Plant Type
Perennial Evergreen Herb

Harvest Season

Leaves can be harvested year-round. Flowers are in bloom and can be harvested throughout the summer and fall.

Mature Size
Pennyroyal is a horizontally spreading herbaceous ground cover that spreads up to about to 2 ft wide.

Soil & Moisture
Prefers sandy, loamy, and clay soils. Prefers very moist soil and tolerates a variety of acidic conditions.

Light Requirements
Full Sun, Part Shade


Growth Rate

Zone Hardiness
Outdoors, P Zones 6-9. Can be grown as an annual 10 as an Annual.; Patio/Greenhouse 4+


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