Mint-scented geranium Pelargonium tomentosum Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Mint-scented geranium (Pelargonium tomentosum) pel-ar-GO-nee-um toe-men-TOE-sum Genus: Pelargonium The velvety leaves of this choice species are pale green with long, silky hairs. The angora-like feel of the foliage is matched by its heavenly aroma of fresh mint. It bears clusters of dainty white blossoms in spring, but remains an exceptional foliage plant throughout the year. Noteworthy Characteristics: Care: Deadhead spent flowers consistently. Outdoors, grow in neutral to alkaline, well-drained soil and preferably full sun. In hot climates, provide mid-day shade; in cold climates, overwinter indoors and trim back by one-third and repot when grown resumes. Indoors, provide with light soil mix, good light and ventilation, and mid-day shade. Fertilize every two weeks during growth and water sparingly in winter. Propagation: Root softwood cuttings in spring, late summer or early fall; sow seed from late winter to early spring at 70°F. Problems: Spider mites, thrips, mealybugs, caterpillars, mildew, gray mold, black leg, flower break virus, Xanthomonas blight, edema. Overview Height 1 ft. to 3 ft. Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft. Growth Habit Clumps Growth Pace Fast Grower Light Part Shade Only Moisture Dry to Medium Maintenance Low Characteristics Fragrant Foliage, Showy Flowers, Showy Foliage Bloom Time Spring Flower Color White Foliage Color Evergreen Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Ground Covers, Suitable as Annual, Indoor Plant Style Cottage Garden Seasonal Interest Spring Interest Type Perennials Related Plants to Pelargonium tomentosum 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Kalwerbossie geranium Pelargonium sidoides 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Andean silver-leaf sage Salvia discolor 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Germander sage Salvia chamaedryoides View the discussion thread.