A shrub with dark ovate leaves with toothed margins. Bears beautiful pink-red flowers in summer. Attracts bees and is therefore a great companion to other insect pollinated herbs. Grow in compost rich soil and water well. Prune in late autumn. Semi-dormant in winter
The leaves make one of the best natural fish moth and mosquito repellant.
• Hang bunches of leaves in a chicken coop to deter fleas, lice, and flies.
• Ants: Chopped and sprinkled around holes, or a strong infusion poured into holes.