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Indoor Geraniums-Part 3: Mint-Scented Pelargoniums

Have you ever smelled mint and yet been unable to find it anywhere in the garden? Maybe you've smelled mint at your local nursery but saw nothing resembling the common garden mint. Look around again-if you see something with leaves like a pelargonium, you were probably smelling a mint-scented pelargonium! The following three mint-scented pelargoniums are common in the herb section of your nursery or garden store.

'Peppermint' (Pelargonium tomentosum) is very common in the herb section of nurseries or greenhouses. The leaves are large and very soft feeling. Plant it where it has room to grow since it becomes very large over the course of a season. Peppermint has small white single flowers similar to other scented pelargoniums.

Another mint-scented pelargonium is 'Joy Lucille'. This plant has a light scent, single flowers in pink and lilac, and deeply lobed leaves. Occasionally you will find a 'Variegated Joy Lucille' with white blotches on the leaves. It makes a very attractive foliage plant if you can find it.
'Apple Mint' (P. Odorattisimum) has grayish green leaves. Its flowers are white. This plant does well in hanging baskets. Why not hang it right next to your kitchen window to allow the summer breeze to bring the lovely scent into your house.

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