Common Name: Pennyroyal (Flowering mint), squaw mint. mosquito plant, pennyrile, pudding grass
Origin: Europe, North Africa & Middle East
Propagation: Propagation is by root division or cuttings, which easily root in water. Easily grown by seed.
Perennial, ground cover, leaves to 2cm, creeping stems. In spring/summer the dainty whorls of lavender flowers on 30cm stems, stand upright and make a striking display. The whole plant is intensively aromatic, similar to peppermint but much stronger. Pennyroyal is shallow rooting and does not sucker underground as profusely as other mints. Often is used between pavers or as a lawn, but it must have ample water in dry spells to keep it lush. After flowering mow off the flower stems.
Pennyroyal can be applied to the skin the kill germs, keep insects away and treat skin diseases. Pennyroyal oil is used as a flea repellent for cats & dogs.
*not to be ingested