Herb: Pennyroyal Geranium


Latin name: Pelargonium exstipulatum


Family: Geraniaceae (Geranium Family)



Medicinal use of Pennyroyal Geranium:

All parts of the plant are astringent. It can be harvested as required and used fresh.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Evergreen
Shrub

Height:
100 cm
(3 1/4 foot)

Scent:
Scented
Shrub

Habitat of the herb:

Growing in sandy rocky places in the Little Karoo near the Gauritz River.

Edible parts of Pennyroyal Geranium:

The crushed leaves are used to flavour jellies, cakes, fruit dishes etc.

Other uses of the herb:

An essential oil is obtained from the plant. It has a pennyroyal fragrance.

Propagation of Pennyroyal Geranium:

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse. Stored seed should be sown in early spring in a greenhouse. The seed germinates best with a minimum temperature of 13C, germination usually taking place within 2 weeks though it sometimes takes some months. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. If trying them outdoors, plant them out in early summer and consider giving them extra protection during the winter. Cuttings succeed at almost any time in the growing season but early summer is the best time in order for the new plant to become established before winter. The cuttings root easily.

Cultivation of the herb:

Growing in sandy rocky places in the Little Karoo near the Gauritz River.

Known hazards of Pelargonium exstipulatum:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.