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Cuban oregano     

Plectranthus amboinicus

Cuban oregano is a plant which belongs to the Plectranthus genus.

This is a succulent herb that can be used in many foods to season them, as you would oregano or thyme. It has nice attractive thick, slightly furry leaves that also make an attractive accent plant in the landscape.

Tropical tender perennial used mainly in Cuban cooking. Can reach 2FT high. Leaves release a very strong aroma when handled.

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Lavender rose and   Pastel violet and   White smoke. Leaves appear approximately as a   Lime green colour. Cuban oregano is a herb perennial, it will last at least up to several years in its native climate. Normally grows with a forb habit.

As Cuban oregano is a low maintanence plant, it is great for beginner gardeners and those that like gardens that don't need much overseeing.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Cuban oregano have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Cuban oregano

  • Full Sun

    OR +
  • Partial Sun

  • Very Low

This is a good looking plant that will thive with minimal care, just about anywhere you plant it. Since it is a succulent, it can do well even when neglected. It’s the perfect plant for someone just trying to develop a green thumb. Although it never hurts to pamper your plants a little. The plant grows easily, but doesn’t grow out of control.

Mainly grown from cuttings which will take about 10 to 14 days to root. Grows well in any soil. Not particular about fertiliz.

Enjoys a full sun / partial sun position in your garden and remember to water very sparingly. Use Zone 9 - Zone 11 as your guideline for the appropriate climate for this plant.

See our list of companion Plants for Cuban oregano to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Cuban oregano from seed

Transplanting Cuban oregano

You can just bury a small cutting of this plant in just about any soil. This is a plant that can be planted in full sun or shade and it will still do well. You should water it to help it get established and then you can almost forget about it.

Harvesting Cuban oregano

Just pick off the desired number of leaves to season whatever you are cooking. You can throw them in whole, cook your food and take them out just before serving.

Common Cuban oregano problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Cuban oregano plants:

Appears to be pretty disease resistant.

I haven’t found this plant to be bothered by any pest.

Other names for Cuban oregano

Mexican mint, Indian borage, Spanish thyme

Plectranthus amboinicus (Lour.) Spreng.

Latest Cuban oregano Reviews

  • 10 Jul 2011

    Loratika Loratika's Cuban oregano was Reviewed day 58

    This is a good looking plant that will thive with minimal care, just about anywhere you plant it. Since it is a succulent, it can do well even when neglected. It’s the perfect plant for someone just t

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