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PlantFiles: American false pennyroyal
Hedeoma pulegioides

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hedeoma (hed-ee-OH-muh) (Info)
Species: pulegioides (pul-eg-ee-OY-dees) (Info)

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

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Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral greenthumb99 On Jul 28, 2011, greenthumb99 from Lucketts, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Actually it is a member of the Mint family, but not the Mint genus Mentha. This plant is slight and short and easily over-looked in a mix of plants such as a field or lawn. Its minty fragrance is so intense that treading on it often gives its presence away. I really wish it was a perennial so I could keep a pot of this wonderfully redolent herb inside over the winter.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 7, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This plant is NOT a member of the mint family even though the leaves are minty in fragrance. Leaves are said to repel mosquitoes, flies, gnats, fleas and ticks.

Avail. from Underwood Gardens.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Leesburg, Virginia

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