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,
White
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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