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Mexican mint

Plectranthus amboinicus

Prized largely for its foliage, this spreading evergreen perennial is grown as an annual or under glass.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsEvergreen, aromatic foliage. Tubular, lipped flowers in lilac-pink, mauve, or white.

CareModerately fertile, well-drained soil in dappled shade. Indoors, grow in full light with shade from hot sun.

PropagationDivide in spring or take stem-tip cuttings anytime. To start from seed, sow when ripe at 66° to 75°F.

ProblemsOccasionally, spider mites, mealybugs, leaf spots, and root rot will occur.

  • Genus : Plectranthus
  • Zones : 10, 11
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Moisture : Adaptable
  • Uses : Containers, Ground Covers
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Foliage, Showy Foliage
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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