Patchouli, from Tamil paccuḷi, is a species of plant from the family Lamiaceae, commonly called the “mint” or “deadnettle” family. The plant grows as a bushy herb, with erect stems reaching around 75 centimetres (2.5 ft) in height and bearing small, pale pink-white flowers. It is native to tropical regions of Asia and is now extensively cultivated in ChinaIndonesiaJapanCambodiaMyanmarIndiaMaldivesMalaysiaMauritiusSeychellesMadagascarTaiwanPakistan, the PhilippinesThailandVietnamSouth America and the Caribbean.