Penny Royal Mentha Pulegium - 9cm Pot x 3
Mentha Pulegium is a native British pond plant, the smallest of the mints. This creeping plant has small, elliptical leaves which grow in pairs on opposite sides of the stems, which are tightly-packed with pinkish flowers. The pleasant deep foliage of Mentha Aquatica can be used in the same way as other mints, and the flowers attract flying pond insects, butterflies and bees. It also gives off a lovely spearmint aroma when brushed.
- Foliage Colour: reddish green
- Flower Colour: mauve pink
- Current Size: 4-5cm
- Approx. Growth Height: up to 15cm
- Max. spread: 1.5m
- Planting Time: winter, spring
- Flowering Time: mid-summer, early autumn
- Fragrance: minty aroma when brushed
- Edible Parts: leaves
- Attracts: small flies
- Uses: zone 2 of a pond, swamps, fens, marshes, near rivers, streams, wet woods, bog gardens, features, streams, waterfalls
- Exposure: exposed, sheltered
- Hardiness: hardy
- Rate of Growth: average
- Drought tolerant
- Suitable for small, medium and large ponds water
- Light Requirements: full sun, partial sun
- Moisture: shallow water, damp soil
- Soil requirements: acidic, alkaline, neutral, clay, sandy, chalky, loamy
Plant in a medium sized pot with up to 24cm of water above the planting basket or in the damp soil. Plant spacing: 30cm. Aquatic and marginal plants should be placed in pond plant baskets filled with aquatic soil (sold separately) and topped with a thin layer of gravel to help prevent the soil from washing away. This plant is suitable for zone 2 of a pond.
Caring and Maintenance:
This is a very low maintenance yet vigorous pond side plant which spreads to form large clumps quickly; therefore, regular division may be required. The plant can be pruned after flowering. Mentha Pulegium can be grown from seeds as well.
Marginal and pondside plants add interest, colour and structure to ponds, and offer the benefit of delightful fragrance. They are ideal for places near to patio or decking areas, where their sweet aroma can be appreciated. The plants can be positioned around the perimeter of a pond or on levelled shelves for original and attractive exposure. Marginal plants should be planted in boggy ground or shallow water for optimal growth results.
Help to conserve our native British flora by planting with our native plant range. These marginal pond plants grow naturally in the shallow water at the edge of the pond and are ideal for wildlife ponds or water features. As well as their attractive foliage and flowers, they provide a natural habitat for small pond creatures. The rafting varieties, such as the Water Forget-me-not, Brooklime, and Water Mint, spread out in small floating rafts, giving cover to baby fish and tadpoles. The tall emergent plants are essential for dragonflies and damsalfly nymphs to climb out of the water and transform into adults, and waterfowl like to nest among dense reeds and rushes. All plants contribute to the ecological haven of a natural pond, benefiting wildlife from tiny pond insects to mammals that like to visit for a drink.