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Pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium) is a member of the mint family, Lamiaceae, and crushed Pennyroyal leaves exhibit a very strong fragrance similar to spearmint. Pennyroyal is a traditional culinary herb, folk remedy, and abortifacient.
Pennyroyal is the smallest of the Mints and very different in habit from any of the others. Creeping pennyroyal has quadrangular stems which grow to 10cm high, and as the name suggests, creeps along the ground, easily rooting at nodes if conditions are suitable. The small oval leaves are hairy on both sides, and greyish green in colour.
The flowers are in whorled clusters of about a dozen, rising in tiers one above the other, and their colour can vary from reddish purple to lilac blue, and they bloom during July and August. The seed is light brown, oval and very small.
Pennyroyal will tolerate sun or shade, but must have a moist soil.
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