Pogostemon heyneanus
“Java Patchouli”
Pogostemon heyneanus “Java Patchouli”

photo: Denis Barthel

Still love the smell of Patchouli? Do you know that it’s used in aromatherapy as an anti-anxiety & anti-depressant? It’s also used (haha) as an insect repellant. I like the idea of making sachets of the dried crushed leaves for scenting your clothes, old hippie that I am. Now, this variety is not the super true Patchouli which thrives only under hot & humid tropical conditions, but it’s the closest to it & often used in the perfume industry. Root hardy to the 20’s F, it’ll grow to a bushy 2’-3’ tall & wide, with scalloped or toothed foliage on branching stems. Both the leaves & small pink flowers emit the characteristic sweet, spicy, woody scent when rubbed. Grow in rich soil & pinch/harvest occasionally. Cuttings can be rooted in water & over wintered in colder climes.

Annie

Half-Day Sun
Avg. Water

Perennial
USDA Zones 9-11