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Pennyroyal, Piloblephis rigida

Pennyroyal, Piloblephis rigida


Wild Pennyroyal, a captivating perennial herb that thrives in dry sandy habitats throughout Florida.

General Plant Information:

•Botanical Name: Piloblephis rigida

•Common Name: Wild Pennyroyal

•Native Range: Indigenous to Florida and other southeastern states, Wild Pennyroyal is well-adapted to dry sandy soils and can be found in habitats such as pine flatwoods, sandhills, and scrublands.

•Habitat: Preferring dry sandy soils, Piloblephis rigida can tolerate drought conditions and is often found in open, sunny areas with well-drained soils, adding fragrance and charm to the natural landscapes of North Florida.

•Size: This low-growing perennial herb typically reaches heights of 1 to 2 feet, with sprawling stems and small, oval-shaped leaves that release a delightful minty fragrance when crushed.

•Flowering Season: Blooming in late spring to early summer, Wild Pennyroyal produces clusters of tiny lavender to pink flowers, attracting pollinators such as bees and butterflies to the garden with their nectar-rich blooms.


•Sunlight: Thriving in full sun to partial shade, Piloblephis rigida adapts well to a range of light conditions, making it suitable for various habitats, from sunny sandhills to partially shaded pine flatwoods.

•Watering: As a drought-tolerant species, Wild Pennyroyal prefers dry conditions and does not require supplemental watering once established, making it ideal for xeriscapes and native plant gardens in North Florida’s sandy habitats.

•Propagation: Piloblephis rigida can be propagated through seed or division of established clumps.

Benefits to Wildlife:

•Pollinator Attraction: The nectar-rich flowers of Wild Pennyroyal attract a variety of pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and other insects, contributing to the ecological richness and biodiversity of dry sandy habitats.

•Fragrance: The minty fragrance of Wild Pennyroyal leaves adds a refreshing aroma to the landscape, creating a sensory experience for visitors and wildlife alike in North Florida’s natural habitats.

•Medicinal Uses: In traditional herbal medicine, Pennyroyal has been used for its reputed medicinal properties, including its potential to alleviate digestive discomfort and relieve headaches, adding cultural significance to its ecological role.

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