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Pennyroyal - Live Plant

Pennyroyal - Live Plant

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Meet Pennyroyal, the perennial charmer ready to grace your garden with a touch of USDA hardiness, perfect for zones 5-9! Housed snugly in a 3.5" pot, each one's been nurtured from seed with love.

The secret sauce for pampering this plant is the premium trio of water, light, and soil. Give Pennyroyal a sun-soaked spot upon arrival, especially if it's cozying up in a container. If you’re in control of the soil, aim for well-drained, sandy perfection. For those planting in the ground, Pennyroyal prefers a bed of well-drained soil for its roots to wiggle and thrive. 

And don't rush the blooms! While Pennyroyal typically dazzles with its floral display from summer to fall, some prefer to make a grand debut in their second year.


About Pennyroyal

Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium) is a petite herbaceous perennial with a compact stature. It typically achieves a height of 12 to 24 inches with dark green, aromatic leaves that are oval-shaped and slightly fuzzy. From summer to fall, it adorns itself with delicate clusters of pale lavender to lilac flowers at the tips of its stems.

It is historically celebrated for its medicinal prowess. Its traditional use spans various ailments, from aiding digestion and relieving gas to purported menstrual regulation. However, it should not be consumed in high doses because it contains toxic elements, particularly when used in high doses.


How to Use Pennyroyal

  • Tincture: Pennyroyal leaves and stems, once dried, undergo a meticulous chopping before being immersed in grain alcohol for a span of 4 to 6 weeks, yielding a potent tincture brimming with its essence
  • Tea: Steep dried pennyroyal leaves and flowers in hot water for about 10 minutes to release their calming properties into the brew.
  • Salve: Craft a gentle salve perfect for topical use by blending pennyroyal-infused oil with beeswax.
  • Vinegar Infusion: Immerse dried pennyroyal leaves and stems in apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar for a period of 2 to 4 weeks. Shake the concoction intermittently during the infusion period, and optionally add more vinegar, resulting in a nourishing pennyroyal vinegar infusion.

Pennyroyal - Live Plant Frequently Asked Questions

Is Pennyroyal an annual or perennial plant?

Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium) is a perennial plant.


How much space should be needed to grow Pennyroyal?

Pennyroyal plants typically require about 6 to 12 inches of space between each plant to accommodate their growth. This spacing allows them to spread comfortably and thrive without overcrowding.


What zone does Pennyroyal grow in?

Pennyroyal is typically suited to USDA hardiness zones 5 through 9. 


When should I harvest Pennyroyal?

For culinary or medicinal purposes, you can harvest the leaves and stems of Pennyroyal throughout the growing season, once the plant has reached a sufficient size. However, it's often recommended to harvest them before the plant flowers, as the leaves may become bitter afterward.


Does Pennyroyal flower or fruit?

Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium) does flower, producing small, pale lavender to lilac-colored blooms. However, it does not typically produce fruits in the traditional sense. Instead, Pennyroyal propagates primarily through its seeds, which are produced after the flowers have been pollinated.

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