Mentha pulegium L.


Perennial herb with few to many hairs. Leaves mostly to about 2.5 cm long, 1 cm wide, narrowly elliptic to oval, entire or with a few teeth on each side, upper surface hairless, lower surface hairy. Flower clusters in axillary whorls along the stem and with leafy bracts. Flowers mostly lilac. Stamens protruding or not.

SW and C Europe

Naturalised in SA, Qld, NSW, Vic and Tas.

Available in mauve- and white-flowering forms.

Once used in pillows as a flea repellent (pulex - flea).

Source: Spencer, R.; Holmes, R.; McNaughton, V. (2002). Lavandula. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Lamiaceae
genus        Mentha L.