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Pelargonium tomentosum - Peppermint Scented Geranium

Pelargonium tomentosum is a fabulous plant for the dry shade garden. The Peppermint Scented Geranium has very fragrant foliage, is quite drought tolerant and covers a goodly section of the ground. Pelargonium tomentosum grows a foot or two tall but will ramble 10 feet or more. The biggest planning issue is that Pelargonium tomentosum is not the least bit tolerant of foot traffic. A second issue is that the Peppermint Scented Geranium rambles, climbs and vines its way through and over the neighboring plants. I say it is only a problem for someone who wants a tidy garden, if yours is a wild space this is a plus. Pelargonium tomentosum will tolerate moderate water if there is adequate drainage but does best in a dry setting. The felted leaves can be used as a culinary herb. Pelargonium tomentosum is Winter hardy when temperatures dip into the high 20°'s for short durations but will suffer significant foliage damage once temperatures hit freezing.

Pelargonium tomentosum, Peppermint Scented Geranium

Felt-like foliage of Pelargonium tomentosum - Peppermint Scented Geranium. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Plants from the Geranium Genus featured on this site:
Geranium Ballerina
Geranium Biokovo
Geranium harveyi
Geranium incanum
Geranium Johnson's Blue
Geranium Lawrence Flatman
Geramium macrorrhizum album
Geranium maderense
Geranium Mavis Simpson
Geranium Orion
Geranium renardii
Geranium richardsonii
Geranium Rozanne
Geranium sanguinium striatum
Geranium sessiliforum nigricans
Geranium Stanhoe
Geranium wallichianum Buxton's Blue

Geranium plants from the Genus Pelargonium featured on this site:
Pelargonium cordifolium
Pelargonium fragrans
Pelargonium ionidiflorum
Pelargonium quercifolium
Pelargonium reneforme
Pelargonium sidoides
Pelargonium tomentosum