Pogostemon cablin
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Pogostemon cablin


  family lamiaceae 
  genus pogostemon 

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Genus  Pogostemon Species  cablin Variety  Cultivar  Common names  patchouli Family  LAMIACEAE Specimen number  S11356 Data source  HtZn p157;MedPl p250
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Flower Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  3' - 4' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun to light shade Water  Moist Optimal soil texture  Rich Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 10a-11 AHS heat zones  Heat zones 12-04 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  This somewhat tender plant can only survive cold winter nights that dip to 30 Fahrenheit. Pogostemon cablin needs summer days with high heat. Patchouli likes soils that are rich. This plant likes full sun to light shade. It needs soil that is moist.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  aphrodisiac   antidepressant   antiseptic   phlebitic remedy Medicinal parts  Leaves   Shoots   Essential oil Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Do not take essential oil internally. Medicinal notes  Pogostemon cablin has too many possible beneficial herbal uses to fully enumerate. A few of its uses include: as an aphrodisiac, as an antidepressant, as an antiseptic and as a phlebitic remedy. See the medicinal properties section for the full list. The leaves together with the shoots and the essential oil are considered to be the valuable parts by the herbalist. Do not take essential oil internally.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  minty, cedar like dried leaves Fragrance parts  Leaves Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes 
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Pogostemon cablin is a perennial. Leaves: Patchouli has 5" triangular hairy leaves with scalloped edges. Flowers: This plant has flowers in spikes. Blossoms appear in September and continue through November. The flowers are most often a white color, with an accent in violet.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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