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

Common names
  • Variegated Cuban Oregano
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Coleus amboinicus
  • Synonym: Plectranthus amboinicus
Also sold as:
  • Portuguese Oregano
  • Variegated Spanish Thyme

Photo Gallery
Location: My garden
Date: 2019-01-23

Date: 2012-08-13
photo shows reddish stems also.
  • Uploaded by pod

Less fleshy leaves than C. Amboinicus Wedgewood, Variegatus has c
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2016-03-08
Location: San Antonio Botanical Garden, San Antonio, Texas
Date: 2022-04-04
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-06-03
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2016-02-20
Photo by dave
Photo by dave
Location: DISCLAIMER: This is an old photo from an old phone. I don't know why, but the photos look "deep fried". sorry about that.
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2016-08-20
New branches forming at every node.
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2021-07-17
Cutting after 3 weeks in water.

Date: 2014-08-06
Location: my garden
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2016-02-20
Back of leaves has prominently raised veins.
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  • Posted by pod (east Texas pineywoods - Zone 8a) on Aug 22, 2012 8:52 PM concerning plant:
    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.
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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