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Pelargonium tomentosum - Jacq.

Common Name Peppermint Geranium
Family Geraniaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Semi-shaded moist places. Sandy soils on the margins of forests along streams[260].
Range S. Africa - S.W. Cape Province.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Half Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade
Pelargonium tomentosum Peppermint Geranium


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Pelargonium tomentosum Peppermint Geranium

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Pelargonium tomentosum is an evergreen Shrub growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in) by 0.7 m (2ft 4in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9 and is frost tender. It is in leaf all year, in flower from May to July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 South Wall. By. West Wall. By.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Condiment

The leaves and flowers have a strong mint scent and are used for flavouring cakes, puddings, pies, biscuits etc[183, 238]. A peppermint-flavoured tea is infused from the fresh leaves[238].

Medicinal Uses

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Astringent  Poultice

All parts of the plant are astringent[4]. The fresh leaves are used externally as a poultice for bruises and sprains[238].

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Other Uses

Essential  Pot-pourri

An essential oil is obtained from the plant. It has a peppermint fragrance[1, 104]. The dried leaves are added to pot-pourri[238].

Special Uses

Scented Plants

Cultivation details

Requires a light well-drained neutral to alkaline soil in a sunny position[188, 200]. This species dislikes full sun[188]. Plants are not very cold-hardy in Britain, tolerating temperatures down to about 0°c[260]. They generally require greenhouse protection but might succeed outdoors when grown in a very sheltered warm spot in the mildest parts of the country[1]. They can also be grown in containers that are placed outdoors in the summer and then brought into the greenhouse or conservatory for the winter[238]. The plants need to be kept fairly dry in the winter[200]. Very tolerant of pruning, they can be cut right down to the base in the autumn when bringing them back indoors, or in the spring to encourage lots of fresh growth[238]. The leaves and the stems release a strong scent of peppermint when they are touched[245]. There are some named varieties selected for their ornamental value[183].

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Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse. Stored seed should be sown in early spring in a greenhouse. The seed germinates best with a minimum temperature of 13°c, germination usually taking place within 2 weeks though it sometimes takes some months[200]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. If trying them outdoors, plant them out in early summer and consider giving them extra protection during the winter. Cuttings succeed at almost any time in the growing season but early summer is the best time in order for the new plant to become established before winter.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Readers comment

   Mon Mar 19 2007

Extremely invasive.

elle   Thu Oct 11 2007

Wonderfully scented foliage, nicer than peppermint even if peppermint is more useful in a culinary sense. I keep some around because rubbing a leaf is instant aromatherapy. Unlike some other members of the genus it seems a bit less tolerant of drought, at least in summer, though it's not a water hog either.

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