Grown in the United States at least since 1900, patchouli, is part of a genus that consists of some 30 or 40 species of shrubs, sub-shrubs, and herbaceous plants native to tropical Asia. This non-edible herb is best known for its relaxing scent. To release the essential oils, steam or dry and rub the leaves. A nice addition to sachets and potpourri. Grow some patchouli and mellow out, man.
Patchouli thrives in well-drained soil in full sunlight but tolerates partial shade. Damaged by cold temperatures, plants should be moved the indoors when temperatures drop to 65° F.