Scientific name: Plectranthus amboinicus
Common name: Indian Borage, Mexican Mint
Plectranthus amboinicus, once identified as Coleus amboinicus, is a tender fleshy perennial plant in the family Lamiaceae with an oregano-like flavour and odour. It is a large succulent herb, fleshy and highly aromatic, much branched, possessing short soft erect hairs, with distinctive smelling leaves.
The leaves are strongly flavoured and make an excellent addition to stuffings for meat and poultry. Finely chopped, they can also be used to flavour meat dishes, especially beef, lamb and game. It is also used as a vegetable. The herb is used as a substitute for oregano in the food trade and food labelled "oregano-flavoured" may well contain this herb.
The leaves have also had many traditional medicinal uses, especially for the treatment of coughs, sore throats and nasal congestion, but also for a range of other problems such as infections, rheumatism and flatulence. The plant is cultivated in home-gardens throughout India for use in traditional medicine, being used to treat malarial fever, hepatopathy, renal and vesical calculi, cough, chronic asthma, hiccough, bronchitis, helminthiasis, colic, convulsions, and epilepsy etc. Other uses include as an ornamental, and for its essential oils.
Indian borage is very commonly grown as a potted plant. Indian Borage is a fast-growing plant. Propagation is via stem cuttings. To encourage a bushy plant, cut the tip of the top, insert into the soil and instantly, you have another plant as the cutting will grow within days. Indian borage ideally should be grown in a semi-shaded and moist location as the leaves will remain a beautiful jade-green colour. If it is getting too much sun, the leaves turn yellow, start curling and look unsightly; if not enough sun, the leaves turn a dark shade of green and space out.
Reference made from Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plectranthus_amboinicus
Light: Shady bright to partial sunlight.
Water: Water when soil feels dry to the touch.
Fertiliser: Feed with organic fertiliser once a month.
Pot colour: Terracotta
Pot type: Clay pot with drainage hole
Pot size: Ø19cm x H17cm
Plant size: Vary in sizes.
Leaf type: Green/Variegated