Herbs, Pennyroyal - Mentha pulegium
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Herbs, Pennyroyal - Mentha pulegium

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Native to Europe, across the Mediterranean into Persia. Hardy aromatic ground cover notorious for its insect-repellent properties: can be used to ward off mosquitoes and to repel fleas from pets. Pennyroyal’s distilled oil can be toxic, but the tea rinse is safe for external use. Caution: Pregnant women should not use. Plant 6" apart to make a dense mat. The plants creep with only the lavender flower stalks rising above the ground. Perennial in the mint genus likes rich well-drained soil with good moisture. Mulch for winter protection in Zones 4 and 5

Height: 6-12"

Hardiness: Perennial

Days to Maturity: 90