Pogostemon cablin. This exotically fragrant member of the mint family is easy to grow and rewarding. Perhaps best known for the popularity of its essential oil in the 1960s, Patchouli's aroma is a complex, woodsy, spicy, earthy musk. It has been used in perfumes, soaps, incense. The plants grow to 3-4 feet tall and 1-2 wide and produce jade green leaves and whorls of small white flowers. Requiring minimal fertilizer, it's fast growing and responds well to pinching or cutting back to keep a bushier shape. A tender perennial, it happily overwinters in a bright window when the temperature drops below 50°F. Not frost tolerant. Hardy in zones 9-11 or patio/house plant in colder climates. Full to part sun.
This plant is thought to have originated in the Philippines and is now cultivated in many tropical areas. It was introduced into Europe about 1844 when shawls were wrapped with Patchouli. The strength and unique odor quality of Patchouli lends itself to oriental types of perfumes. It gives a long-lasting fragrant allure to any perfume. The plant is a bushy perennial herb, up to three feet tall with hairy leaves that are 4 inches long. The herb itself is used to fragrance and perfume carpets and textiles, and to repel insects. Wrapping fabrics in Patchouli herb has been a practice for a thousand years. Proper name: Pogostemon cablin.
The starter plant you will receive is growing in a 2.5" pot.
Immediate shipping, Starter plant in 2.5" Pot
Patchouli oils come from a plant called Patchouli (Pogostemon cablin)
Proper name: Pogostemon cablin
It grows 12-15" tall in a season and if kept from year to year can reach a height of 3-4 feet