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May 30, 2012 9:11 AM CST
|I bought a "menthol plant"|
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....
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.
May 30, 2012 10:19 AM CST
|It sure looks like it!|
May 30, 2012 12:20 PM CST
|Or could it be this one? I just got it recently and love it. |
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?
May 30, 2012 2:18 PM CST
| I would not put mine in my spaghetti. |
I just went out and took this photo of mine. Time to put it into the big pot along with the
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...|