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Pelargonium tomentosum (Mint-scented geranium, Peppermint geranium)

Pelargonium tomentosum Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Pelargonium tomentosum pel-ar-GO-nee-um toe-men-TOE-sum Common Name: Mint-scented geranium, Peppermint geranium 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.
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
Foliage Color Evergreen
Flower Color White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Ground Covers, Indoor Plant, Suitable as Annual
Style Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest Winter Interest, Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Perennials

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