Mexican Mint (Plectranthus amboinicus)

Mexican Mint (Plectranthus amboinicus)

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Pot Size: approx. 14 cm(Ø) x 11cm(H)

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Mexican Mint (Plectranthus amboinicus)

  • Mexican Mint is a succulent herb used for both culinary and decor purposes.
  • It is commonly known as Indian Borage, Spanish thyme, Broadleaf thyme, Cuban oregano, Daun bangun-bangun.
  • Cuban oregano is a member of the mint or deadnettle family.
  • As such, it has characteristic thick, fuzzy leaves with a strong pleasing odor.
  • Leaves are grayish-green and finely haired and saw-toothed at the edges.
  • Flowers are borne in panicles and may be white, pink, or lavender.
  • Uses:
    • As food – The leaves are added sparingly to mutton and fish curries to mask the strong smell.
    • It is added to beer for additional flavor.
    • The leaves are also eaten raw with bread and butter.
  • As medicine:
    • The leaves are uses to treat sore throats, cough, asthma, insomnia, viral conditions, indigestion, stomach cramps, convulsions, burns, headache, sores, and insect bites.
    • It is also taken as a liver tonic.
LIGHT
  • Put the plant next to a window or in the garden.
  • Mint can bare lots of sunlight, however, some shadow will do too.
  • In fact, mint is a plant that is very mild in the conditions it requires.
WATER
  • Supply your mint plant with enough water: unlike other plants, mint needs a lot of water.
  • You do not need to water it the whole day long, once a day or twice if necessary.
SOIL
  • It thrives in rich, moist, well-drained soil.
  • Mint adapts to many soil types but develops the best foliage in soil that has been enriched with a 2-inch-thick layer of compost.
FERTILZER
  • Mint is plenty vigorous on its own but will appreciate a little fertilizer every few weeks.

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