Variegated Cuban Oregano (Coleus amboinicus 'Variegatus')

Botanical names:
Coleus amboinicus Accepted
Plectranthus amboinicus Synonym

Also sold as:
Portuguese Oregano
Variegated Spanish Thyme

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Plant Height: 18 to 24 inches
Plant Spread: 18 to 24 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Green with white to pink variegation
Fruit: Indehiscent
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Lavender
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Houseplant
Uses: Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Leaves
Eating Methods: Culinary Herb/Spice
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Needs repotting every 2 to 3 years
Needs excellent drainage in pots


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Location: My gardenDate: 2019-01-23
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Date: 2012-08-13photo shows reddish stems also.
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Location: my garden
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Posted by pod (east Texas pineywoods - Zone 8a) on Aug 22, 2012 8:52 PM

Leaves have a strong fragrance.
This plant is tender and needs to be overwintered indoors.
Easy to root from cuttings.
The variegation is stunning in flower beds.

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Plant Events from our members
piksihk On December 28, 2019 Cuttings stuck
piksihk On May 19, 2018 Obtained plant
Small plant from GMB swap
piksihk On October 3, 2015 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
this was a cutting -
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Torenia photobomb by purpleinopp Aug 18, 2018 5:22 AM 7
Flowers by A_muse_mentality Jan 24, 2019 2:03 PM 2
North Texas Winter by Gypsi Nov 3, 2019 8:35 AM 8
Question - House plant that will continue to grow for at least a year? by curiousnewbiehere Feb 28, 2020 12:22 AM 45
Accepted name, Coleus / Plectranthus? by purpleinopp May 14, 2018 12:50 PM 9
Coleus new mildew disease by KarenKees Mar 7, 2016 12:44 PM 11
PINK FOR BayouBeadery NEW MEMBER by Cinta Mar 26, 2015 9:00 AM 11

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