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Herb Profile: Pennyroyal



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:


USDA Hardiness Zone:

Zone 5 and considered very hardy.


Sun or shade


Snip aerial parts as needed.


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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