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Creeping Pennyroyal

Mentha pulegium

Also known as

Pennyroyal, Pennyrile, Squaw Mint, Mosquito Plant, Pudding Grass, European Pennyroyal, Mint

Мята болотная (Мята блошница) - Mentha pulegium - Pennyroyal (Squaw mint, Mosquito plant, Pudding grass) - Блатна мента - Polei-Minze (28506613866) by Katya (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








6 months to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Creeping Pennyroyal Overview

Mentha pulegium is a perennial species from the Lamiaceae family. It is commonly known by the names Pennyroyal or Pennyrile, amongst other names. Creeping Pennyroyal has a low spreading habit and can be used as a ground cover. Though it is somewhat sparse in the winter and can be invaded by the more aggressive weeds. Crushed Pennyroyal leaves emit a very strong aroma similar to spearmint. Small purple blooms are produced on vertical inflorescences in whorls during the summer. The fresh or dried plant will repel fleas, ants, moths and rodents.

Common problems with Creeping Pennyroyal

Generally problem free.

    How to harvest Creeping Pennyroyal

    Leaves and stems can be harvested to dry at any growth stage.

    How to propagate Creeping Pennyroyal


    Divide in spring or autumn - remove runners with roots and replant.


    Seeds can be sown into trays, but best propagation is by division.

    Special features of Creeping Pennyroyal

    Repels harmful insects

    The fresh or dried plant will repel fleas, ants, moths, and rodents.

    Attracts useful insects

    The flowers provide food for bees and butterflies.

    Other uses of Creeping Pennyroyal

    Wildflower, ground cover.

    Essential oil


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