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Herb Profile: Pennyroyal

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Overview:

Pennyroyal has been used historically as an emmenagogue. It makes a fun ornamental herb, and grows in both an upright and creeping habit. It is in the mint family, and caution should be taken to keep it contained.

Latin Name:

M.pulegium (creeping pennyroyal) and M.Pul 'Upright' (Upright pennyroyal)

Common Name:

Pennyroyal

USDA Hardiness Zone:

Zone 5 and considered very hardy.

Exposure:

Sun or shade

Harvest:

Snip aerial parts as needed.

Uses:

Dry pennyroyal to discourage insects. Scatter in pantry or fill muslin bags. Pennyroyal is not often used medicinally. It is not to be used by pregnant women. Pennyroyal is a lovely ornamental herb. If used with constraint, it can be a wonderful addition to the landscaping design.

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