Plant Database forum: Coleus sp.

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Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
May 30, 2012 9:11 AM CST
I bought a "menthol plant"
http://www.richters.com/Web_store/web_store.cgi?product=X397...

I don't know where to put it's pic in the database...it isn't a "vick's plant", I also have one of those and the leaves and smell are totally different....
Name: Monica
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krancmm
May 30, 2012 10:10 AM CST
Could it be Plectranthus amboinicus? Cuban Oregano (Plectranthus amboinicus)

It's pretty closely related to Coleus, and in my area people actually use it in cooking, but way too strong for my sensitive taste buds. There's also an attractive white-edged variety.
Monica
Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
May 30, 2012 10:19 AM CST
It sure looks like it!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
May 30, 2012 12:20 PM CST
Or could it be this one? I just got it recently and love it.
http://www.rosydawngardens.com/canina-32.html
Name: Monica
Texas Gulf Coast (Zone 9b)
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krancmm
May 30, 2012 12:48 PM CST
Lynn and Lee Anne, from the same website as Lynn's citation: "Yes, we sell the plant commonly sold as “Coleus canina.” While being touted as a hybrid Coleus out of Germany, it is actually a Plectranthus, and it grows wild in Africa and India. It has gotten a lot of publicity lately for its ability to repel cats, dogs, rabbits, fox, and other critters looking to urinate on or otherwise desecrate your garden..."

Name is listed in The Plant List.org as Plectranthus caninus. ITIS has no listing for it; only P. amboinicus.

Both look quite similar. Viewing mature plant and flower photos I can't tell the difference; maybe P. caninus has a slightly brighter flower. Perhaps the vital difference is that P. caninus has an very objectionable odor to many posters on various forums, while P. amboinicus has a very strong oregano scent and can be used in cooking.

Have you crushed a leaf and taken a good whiff? The real test....would you put these leaves in your spahgetti?
Monica
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
May 30, 2012 2:18 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing I would not put mine in my spaghetti. Crying
I just went out and took this photo of mine. Time to put it into the big pot along with the

Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
Perpetually happy!
Forum moderator Tip Photographer I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Critters Allowed Cottage Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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threegardeners
May 30, 2012 3:08 PM CST
Mine has very soft fuzzy, almost velvety leaves, thick like a succulent's leaves...no oregano smell but a very strong menthol smell. I wouldn't put it in spaghetti, but I would use it if I had a stuffy nose...

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