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Plectranthus socotranus

'Plectranthus' is a plant in the Plectranthus genus with a scientific name of Plectranthus socotranus.

A member of the mint family originating from the island of Socotra in Yemen. Found on a limestone plateau above 460m, in a fairly abundant and open patch amongst Croton thickets. A mere touch or brush against the roundish felted succulent leaves will release its very aromatic scent that smells like a mixture of camphor, eucalyptus and menthol and it will stay on your fingers.

It would appear there are currently actually two different, yet similar, plants being introduced under this name. One has smaller smooth leaves and slower growth habit and is possibly a flowering plant. The other has larger almost velvety leaves, grows very quickly and doesn’t appear to flower.

Plectranthus grows as an evergreen and is a succulent. Being an evergreen plant, it will keep its leaves throughout the year.

Yemen is believed to be where Plectranthus originates from.

Plectranthus is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!

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How to grow Plectranthus

  • Full Sun

  • Low

Cuttings, even single leaves, root very quickly when simply placed into potting mix.

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly.

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

Growing Plectranthus from seed

Transplanting Plectranthus

Common Plectranthus problems

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

Other names for Plectranthus

Plectranthus care instructions

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