Patchouli

Pogostemon patchouli / Tender Perennial

The scent of Patchouli is reminiscent of “hippies” or “Deadheads, as it was the scent of choice back in the ’60s. Today it is making a comeback, and is found once again in many perfumes, scented candles, and soaps. For some, inhaling patchouli is a sedative, antidepressant, or even an aphrodisiac. The scent is earthy and spicey—a great addition to potpourris. Patchouli thrives in our moist, hot summers, though it does need shade. Given enough room, the plant can reach 3-4 feet, with large round leaves.