The Q&A Archives: Coleus Aromaticus

Question: Could you tell me the common name for coleus aromaticus and include a picture of this plant?

Answer: Coleus aromaticus is also known as Plectranthus amboinicus. It has several common names: Cuban Oregano; Mexican Mint; Soup Mint; Indian Mint; French Thyme; Country Borage. This unusual, fleshy leafed plant is used as a culinary seasoning in the Caribbean. The brittle stems and colorful foliage resemble the common Coleus. Growth is slow in the winter months and moderate in spring and summer. Heat and direct sun don't seem to adversely affect growth or appearance. Insignificant flower stems form in the fall. It is extremely tender so grow in a protected area or keep it mobile in a pot so it can be placed in a controlled environment in the winter.

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