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Mother Of Herbs

Plectranthus amboinicus

Also known as

Cuban Oregano, French Thyme, Indian Borage, Indian Mint, Mexican Mint, Spanish Thyme, Country Borage, Soup-Mint

Partial Shade
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

70cm

Max

70cm

30cm

Min

30cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Mother Of Herbs Overview

Plectranthus amboinicus is a large, fleshy, perennial plant which is highly aromatic and tends to branch easily. This plant has short, soft, erect hairs, with distinctive smelling leaves. Commonly known by the names Indian Borage and Cuban Oregano, amongst many others. The stem is fleshy, about 30–90 cm long, with long rigid hairs. The taste of this leaf is pleasantly aromatic with an agreeable and refreshing odour. Flowers are on a short stem and are pale purplish. One of the Plectranthus species more tolerant of sun and planted as a medicinal herb.

Common problems with Mother Of Herbs

Prevent rotting by planting in well-drained soil.

    How to harvest Mother Of Herbs

    Pick stems with leaves as needed.

    How to propagate Mother Of Herbs

    Cuttings

    Make 10-15cm cuttings from fleshy stems and remove the bottom leaves. Root in sandy soil and keep moist until well-rooted.

    Seed

    Sow seed in Spring in well-draining soil mixtures.

    Special features of Mother Of Herbs

    Pot plant

    Attractive flowers

    Attractive leaves

    Indoor plant

    Other uses of Mother Of Herbs

    Edible

    Stems and leaves are wonderful flavouring combining different herb and the plant is sometimes refered to as 'All herb'.

    Medicinal

    Strong scent is used in medicine to help heal chest ailments like coughs, sore throught and nasal congestions.