Peppermint Geranium

Pelargonium tomentosum Geraniaceae

Growth habit



Cultivated as annual

Native distribution

South Africa


Robison Herb Garden

Source of plant

Cornell Botanic Gardens


A low-growing, much-branched sub-shrub, up to 50cm tall and 1.5m in diameter. Stems are soft to the touch, herbaceous, brittle, with long, soft galnds and somewhat wavy hairs, green. Leaves are soft, hairy, with numerous glandular hairs, green; mostly rounded (rarely sharp), coated on the top with long, soft, somewhat wavy hairs, coated on the bottom with a dense, wool-like covering of matted, tangled hairs of medium length, margins irregularly rounded teeth, 2.5-11cm long and 3.5-12cm wide; leaf stalk usually longer than blade; leaf appendages at base triangular to egg-shaped, sharp to pinched at tip, 6-20mm long and 4-12mm wide. Flat topped clusters bear 4-15 flowers. Petals are white with purple markings. Flowers in spring.

USDA Hardiness Zone


Special characteristics

fragrance, tender perennial