CAS Number: 8013-99-8 ; 90064-00-9
FEMA Number: 2839
EINECS Number: 290-061-1
Paras Code: PEO1128
Pennyroyal, a herbaceous perennial and a close relation of mint, has a strong bitter, minty taste some people find unpleasant. It has a completely different growing habit than mint, its prostrate stems creeping along ground and forming an effective dense ground cover that can be used as a lawn. It is a native of Europe where it grows freely in damp, shady places and is also found in North and South Africa.
In spite of its bitter aroma and flavour, pennyroyal was widely used as a culinary herb by Greeks and Romans. It had its domestic uses, too, and, as its name implies (pulegium is derived from pulex, the latin for flea), was used as an insect repellent.
Each prostrate plant is capable of spreading at least 30 cm along the ground. The leaves around -12 mm long, are dark green, oval ad may be toothed. The flowers which appear from mid-to- late summer are purple and borne in tight clusters at leaf joints around the stem.
Fresh, herbaceous, minty odour.
Pale yellow to yellow colored liquid.