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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.