Pennyroyal - There are two plants of this name: one is English Pennyroyal or Pudding Grass (Mentha pulegiutn) and the other is Pennyroyal or Squaw Mint (Hedeoma pulegioides). Both are very strong and pungent with a clean, cool, refreshing, minty odor.
Propagation: by seed, slow to germinate from sown seed but self-sows freely; English by seed, by division of roots in fall or spring.
Nature of Plant: - Stiffly erect little annual, 10 inches high and much branched, light green leaves, about 1 inch long and sharp pointed, standing out stiffly at right angles to stem, pale blue flowers in axillary clusters, grown for its aromatic oil;
English - Prostrate in habit, stems about 14 inches long, leaves are deep green, somewhat hairy, and oval in shape, about 1/2 inch long, tiny lilac-colored flowers in axillary whorls, useful ground cover in warmer climates but apt to winterkill in cold climates, plant can be taken up for a trailing house plant.
Spacing of Mature Plants: From 5 to 6 inches.
Cultural Requirements: English likes clay, moist soil in partial shade; prefers light, sandy, dry soil in full sun.
Whole Plant: (Health) in infusions to produce perspiration, used in colic, emmenagogue; English in infusions for spasms, an emmenagogue.
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