The unmistakable heavy scent of patchouli has been used for centuries in perfumes and, more recently, in incense, insect repellents, and alternative medicines. Extraction of patchouli’s essential oil is done by steam distillation of the dried leaves. This plant is highly frost tender and burns easily in the sun, so it works best as a shady container plant that you bring in the house or greenhouse for the Winter. You will not believe the scent of its fresh leaves!
Water: Will wither without water
Hardiness: Frost tender, but makes a great container plant
Habit: A bushy herb with erect stems reaching around 2.5' in height, with small, pale, pink-white flowers
Light: Doesn't want direct sun
Soil: Rich and fertile
Origin: Tropical regions of Asia