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Peppermint-scented Pelargonium

Pelargonium tomentosum

Pennyroyal pelargonium (Eng.) Mint-geur Malva(Afr.)

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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.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Spring
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest early in the morning or the night before usage so cuttings don’t wilt. Leaves should be removed by snipping rather than pulling.

Propagation

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.

Special features

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.

Geography

Origin
South Africa
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

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.

Personality

Family
Geraniaceae
Flower colour
, White, Purples
Scent
Strong

Problems

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.
Thrips
Thrips
Phlaeothripidae/Thripidae/Aeolothripidae

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.
Cabbage
Cabbage
Brassica oleracea var. capitata

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