Pelargonium tomentosum

Peppermint-scented geranium

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Plant type

Tender perennial

Flower colour



Aromatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

This shrubby, evergreen, low-growing South African geranium is extremely popular for its strongly scented, heart-shaped leaves, which really do smell of mint. The flowers are small and white, and the growth is scrambling and spreading. Like most pelargoniums, it is best in a pot or window box so that it can be given a prominent position over summer and brought indoors for the winter when it likes to be kept reasonably dry. Increase the amount of watering the following spring, and feed from early summer.

Family: Geraniaceae

Genus: Pelargonium

Species: tomentosum

Plant type: Tender perennial

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Aromatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Moist

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 75cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to take cuttings: April to May

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