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Pelargonium tomentosum (Peppermint Geranium)

Peppermint Geranium, Peppermint-Scented Geranium

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Pelargonium tomentosum, Peppermint Geranium, Peppermint-Scented Geranium, evergreen perennial, evergreen shrub, White flowers, White Pelargonium
Pelargonium tomentosum, Peppermint Geranium, Peppermint-Scented Geranium, evergreen perennial, evergreen shrub, White flowers, White Pelargonium

Very aromatic, award-winning Pelargonium tomentosum (Peppermint Geranium) is a low-growing, spreading, evergreen sub-shrub boasting velvety, strongly peppermint-scented, heart-shaped leaves. The large, rounded leaves, 4 in. across (10 cm), are covered with fine short hairs making them soft to the touch. Blooming from spring to summer, tiny white flowers are produced in dainty clusters above the fragrant foliage. Their two upper petals are adorned with purple markings. Perfect for containers and small spaces, Peppermint Geranium can be grown successfully indoors too. The peppermint-scented leaves can be used as a culinary herb.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Grows up to 24 in. tall (60 cm) and 36 in. wide (90 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun in fertile, neutral to alkaline, well-drained soils. Afternoon shade is appreciated in hot climates. Provide good ventilation, and water moderately during the growing season from spring to summer, and only sparingly in winter. Drought tolerant, once established.
  • Perfect addition to beds and borders, city gardens, coastal gardens, cottage gardens, Mediterranean gardens, or containers.
  • Keep an eye out for vine weevil, caterpillars, thrips, and gray molds.
  • Deadhead and remove yellowing leaves. Propagate by softwood cuttings in spring, late summer, or early autumn.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.
  • Native to South Africa

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 11
Heat Zones 1 - 12
Climate Zones 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Geraniaceae
Genus Pelargonium
Common names Geranium
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden, City and Courtyard
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Pelargonium ‘Mrs Quilter’ (Zonal Geranium)
Pelargonium ‘Attar of Roses’ (Scented Geranium)
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Requirements

Hardiness 9 - 11
Heat Zones 1 - 12
Climate Zones 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Geraniaceae
Genus Pelargonium
Common names Geranium
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Informal and Cottage, Coastal Garden, City and Courtyard
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Do I Need?
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