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Commonly known as Pennyroyal, is a low-growing aromatic herb belonging to the mint family (Lamiaceae).

Physical Description:

Leaves: Pennyroyal has small, oval to lance-shaped leaves that are dark green and have a strong minty fragrance. The leaves are arranged opposite each other on square stems.

Stems: The plant has square stems, which is a characteristic feature of plants in the mint family.

Flowers: The flowers are small, tubular, and typically purple to pink in color. They are arranged in whorls on terminal spikes.


Culinary: Pennyroyal has been historically used as a culinary herb, although its use in modern cuisine is limited. It has a strong mint flavor.

Medicinal: In traditional herbal medicine, Pennyroyal has been used for its potential medicinal properties. It was historically used to treat digestive issues and as an insect repellent. However, it's important to note that Pennyroyal oil, derived from the plant, contains pulegone, which can be toxic in high doses.

Aromatic: The plant's strong minty fragrance makes it a popular choice for aromatic gardens.

Growing Conditions:

Soil: Well-drained soil is preferred. Pennyroyal can tolerate a variety of soil types.

Watering: It prefers regular watering and well-drained soil.

Sunlight: Pennyroyal thrives in full sun to partial shade.

Hardiness: It is generally hardy and can be grown as a perennial in . 6-9.


Harvest leaves and stems as needed for culinary or medicinal purposes. The plant can be harvested throughout the growing season.


Pennyroyal contains pulegone, a compound that can be toxic in large amounts. The use of Pennyroyal oil or large quantities of the plant for medicinal purposes is not recommended, especially for pregnant women

Penny Royal (Mentha pulegium)

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