Pelargonium tomentosum | Peppermint Geranium
This peppermint scented geranium smells amazing and has large wonderfully felted, irregularly shaped leaves. The new growth tends to be crinkly and quite silvery grey in colour but as the leaves age, they tend to become flatter and darker in colour meaning you have a lovely contrast of colours on this plant.
The species name ‘tomentosum’ refers to the dense and matted covering of hairs on the leaves, creating a velvety texture and silver sheen. It may be also known by the common name Penny Royal Pelargonium or simply Peppermint Pelargonium.
Due to its sprawling habit, they can be cut right down to the base in the autumn or in the spring to encourage lots of fresh growth.
This minty aroma is said to be the best of all the mint scented geraniums. The small and dainty white flowers are borne on branched stems that have purple markings on the upper petals. The flowering period is from spring to summer - around about October to January.
Whilst most pelargoniums enjoy full sun, the Peppermint Scented Geranium benefits from more afternoon shade than other varieties. It grows very well in semi-shaded positions. It requires a moist, but not damp environment, with well-drained soil. It has average water needs and is somewhat tolerant of dry conditions for short periods once it is established. All soil types are suitable as long as they are free draining. Great to use on an embankment or mound in the garden - ours scramble through shaded areas of the garden, but a kept in check by hard pruning.
Leaves are excellent to use in floral work and the peppermint scent, of course, is very uplifting.
Perennial | Frost hardy to zero
Height: 80cm x 60cm Wide
Plant size: PB2 - Equivalent 1.2 litres
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