> Pennyroyal Herb
Information on, uses of and how to grow pennyroyal:
Pennyroyal was grown in pots and taken on voyages by sailors to
purify stale drinking water.
Hardy biennial but usually grown like an annual by re-sowing
Buy Pennyroyal Seeds
from The Green Chronicle (Pay in $US, £, Euro).
Herbs, Seasonings and Spices - Buy Pennyroyal
How to grow
Pennyroyal can be grown from seed. Sow the seeds outside when
the soil is warm. Rooted cuttings can be planted 15cm apart.
Pennyroyal creeps and likes moist, open places. It
may need to be renewed every 3-4 years. It can be container grown and does well
on window ledges.
Pennyroyal grows to about 30cm and has clusters of mauve flowers.
This herb is said to repel ants. The dried leaves sewn into a sachet
discourage moths and mosquitoes. It can be used in soups and stuffings but
handle with care as it has a very strong taste. Must be avoided by pregnant
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Is Pennyroyal plant dangerous to horses when growing in their paddock?
The Pennyroyal sounds like a nice plant to have in ones herb box. Please can you tell me where I can purchase packets of seeds, and also will the plant be harmful to bees.
I have some penny royal and was thinking of planting it next to my chicken pen as a pest control. Would it be dangerous to them if they eat it and would it affect the bearing of eggs if they did?
have a cat just showing signs of fleas and would prefer to use natural products and have heard of pennyroyal. I havent even seen a picture of it,where would I find or buy it Please.
Hi I have a cat and i wanted to know if i can make a tea from pennyroyal herbs and rub on him for fleas? Thank You
I have been trying to buy some Pennyroyal in Sydney Australia but no one has heard of it. So far all I have found is a very small potted plant looked very poorly. I want to use it as a spray for fleas and bugs on my dogs. Can you Help me find it and let me know how to put it in a spray bottle for my dogs, thanks.:))
I found a small patch of pennyroyal by a pond on our property in central West Virginia, and transplanted it on the east and south side of our back porch. It now grows all along the house on two sides (makes a beautiful hedge and responds well to early pruning), and is invasive unless you pull up the runners. Some leaves put in a spray bottle with water make an effective bug repellent, and is refreshing when splashed on the skin! I keep a bottle near my garden gloves for a handy dousing before working in the garden. It is said to repel fleas and must, because neither our dog or cat have suffered from them since the pennyroyal began to thrive. It is harmful to cats, and must NEVER be used on their skin. Our cat has never tried to eat it so we haven't had a problem. Pennyroyal can also be mown, doesn't mind being walked on when short, and its' minty fragrance is refreshing. My husband enjoys a sprig in his tea on occasion, but actually it should not be ingested. We have found the pros much outweight the cons of growing Pennyroyal, and love it!
Can I use pennyroyal to rinse my mouth,
I have had a severe flea problem since moving house 14 months ago. I have had the yard sprayed professionally 3 times with no success of eradicating them. A friend said she had the same problem at one stage and used pennyroyal to get rid of the fleas. So would planting this & making an infusion to spray around really help. I also have a small dog will this harm him?
I am trying to find the seed or plants to put around a backyard pool and picnic area...to keep creepy crawlers and mosquitoes away!! Not finding. Since it will be near the pool planted with marigolds and other bug chasers, I am not afraid of toxic effects on people...BUT can't find it...By the way, didn't know it was toxic until started looking...Grandmother used it in sausage as a flavoring....we may be a little nutty, but not deadly results
this a very good site to go on if you need information about your plant. But there is a couple more things that are important!!
Hi the first thing to do is to make absolutely certain that you are dealing with pennyroyal.The second thing to consider is do you have horses in the paddock and if so,is pennyroyal dangerous for them.The third thing to recognise is that in GB this species is now classified as Vulnerable, and is specially protected under Schedule 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Wildlife (NI) Order 1985.So I'm not certain where this would leave you. You need to take advice from your local council.
I have penny royal growing in my paddocks as a weed. How do I eradicate/get rid of it?