Mexican mint

Plectranthus amboinicus

Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Silk
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Mexican mint (Plectranthus amboinicus)
Genus:  Plectranthus
Prized largely for its foliage, this spreading evergreen perennial is grown as an annual or under glass.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Evergreen, aromatic foliage. Tubular, lipped flowers in lilac-pink, mauve, or white.
Care:  Moderately fertile, well-drained soil in dappled shade. Indoors, grow in full light with shade from hot sun.
Propagation:  Divide in spring or take stem-tip cuttings anytime. To start from seed, sow when ripe at 66° to 75°F.
Problems:  Occasionally, spider mites, mealybugs, leaf spots, and root rot will occur.

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Adaptable
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Fragrant Foliage,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Purple/Lavender Flower,
White Flower
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Container,
Ground Covers,
Indoor Plant,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Herb Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Tropicals

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