Plant ID forum: Please help in identifying this plant

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supermaroon
Dec 16, 2015 2:58 PM CST
Does anyone know what plant this is?This was given to me by a friend as a plant that helps to keep mosquitoes away but she did not know the name. Has a very mild smell to it. Is it edible?









Name: Arlene
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pirl
Dec 16, 2015 3:19 PM CST
I think it's Plectranthus.
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Dec 16, 2015 3:45 PM CST
I agree, it looks to be one of the variegated varieties of Plectranthus:

Cuban Oregano (Plectranthus parviflorus 'Variegatus')
Cockspur Flower (Plectranthus parviflorus 'Sapphire Dream')
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Dec 16, 2015 3:49 PM CST
I've never thought of eating it. Have you, Lin?

supermaroon
Dec 16, 2015 3:51 PM CST
Thanks much. I was debating between the Plectranthus and the variegated lemon balm but thought that Plecatranthus usually have hair on the leaves/stem? This one has glossy leaves with no hair and the stem is hard. Also the smell when crushed is not similar to the Indian borage that I have (Plectranthus amboinicus).
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Dec 16, 2015 4:23 PM CST
Welcome, supermaroon! Sorry I missed it earlier.

supermaroon
Dec 16, 2015 4:29 PM CST
Thanks, Pirl. This is an amazing forum that I just discovered!
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Dec 16, 2015 4:44 PM CST
Plant ID is terrific. It always teaches me something.
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Dec 16, 2015 7:14 PM CST
Welcome! @supermaroon

Have you looked at Plectranthus fosterii cv Variegata? It has hairless leaves
http://www.llifle.com/Encyclopedia/SUCCULENTS/Family/Lamiace...

Also, Plectranthus coleoides Swedish ivy

https://toptropicals.com/catalog/uid/plectranthus_coleoides....
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JRsbugs
Dec 16, 2015 8:21 PM CST
The leaves are hairy, and there appears to be a very hairy bud in the second pic, could be a growth bud rather than flowers.

Descriptions of some Plectranthus ..

http://pss.uvm.edu/pss123/tpplec.htm

The leaves are showing some yellow as well as white.

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If the following photo is correct of Plectranthus verticillatus it looks very much like it.

http://www.floralandhardy.co.uk/blog/2012/08/fantastic-folia...

Plectranthus verticillatus 'Variegata' ..

Variegated Spurflower's attractive small tomentose round leaves remain grayish green in color with distinctive creamy white edges and tinges of lime green throughout the year. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant.


http://plants.westwoodgardens.com/12170002/Plant/13305/Varie...
Name: Jean
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Moonhowl
Dec 16, 2015 8:41 PM CST
My suggestions were based on the description @supermaroon posted. I have been in error before.. Confused Big Grin

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