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Peppermint Geranium (Pelargonium tomentosum)

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Peppermint Geranium (Pelargonium tomentosum)

from 4.00

Peppermint Geranium (pelargonium tomentosum) is a beautiful, soft, velvet leafed groundcover plant that smells strongly of peppermint when the leaves are crushed. It loves shade and semi-shade, creating a thick mat that is up to 30cm high. Because it is a pelargonium, this groundcover will retain only one root and not root where it touches the ground unless it is enormous. This means that it is great under any plant that is slightly larger and doesn’t like competing for rootspace or having its roots damaged.

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Peppermint Geranium (pelargonium tomentosum) is a beautiful, soft, velvet leafed groundcover plant that smells strongly of peppermint when the leaves are crushed. It loves shade and semi-shade, creating a thick mat that is up to 30cm high. Because it is a pelargonium, this groundcover will retain only one root and not root where it touches the ground unless it is enormous. This means that it is great under any plant that is slightly larger and doesn’t like competing for rootspace or having its roots damaged.

Peppermint geranium is native to South Africa. In some places, it can become a bush- 1m high x 1m wide, but I’ve never seen it that high in Wellington! Maybe in warmer parts of NZ. You can supposedly eat it, but I find the taste to be far too astringent- maybe you will have better luck. It’s a great addition to pot pourri when dried, and if you are stung by a bug in the garden, mashing up a leaf over the sting will help relieve the pain.

Because we don’t sell enormous plants, the photos show our peppermint geraniums upright- they will not get higher, and spread outwards as opposed to growing upwards. Please refer to inspiration pictures to get a good idea of what its habit will become in your garden.

Please note that cuttings are wrapped in wet newspaper, with no roots, in a small amount of soil. If you are not confident at striking cuttings you should purchase the adult plant. You will receive three 10cm cuttings that need to be put 4cm deep into wet soil as soon as possible.