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American Pennyroyal Seed

(Hedeoma pulegloides LAMIACEAE)

Aromatic and pungent, self-sowing, compact plants resemble a small-leaved bush basil. Natural insect repellent for flies, chiggers, gnats, mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks. Natural insecticide for clothes moth larva. Crushed leaves should be rubbed on clothing rather than skin. Medicinal: The tea has been used for headaches, colds, fevers, and indigestion. Warning: The pure oil should never be taken internally since it is very toxic and may be lethal.


Flowers:Small inconspicuous
Foliage:Small attractive leaves on a compact plant
Lifecycle:1    (0: N/A, 1: annual, 2: perennial, 3: biennial)
Height:6 to 9 inches
Diameter:5 to 6 inches
Container Planting:yes

Cultural Requirements:

Propagation / Germination:Stratify seeds for 4 to 6 weeks or sow in late fall or early winter. Requires light to germinate. Sow on soil surface and press in lightly. Germinates in 14 days.
Spacing:6 to 8 inches apart
Sun:Full sun or light shade

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