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Plectranthus amboinicus (Country borage)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.5m
Max height
1m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Plectranthus amboinicus

Other names

Country borage, French thyme, Indian mint, Mexican mint, Soup mint , Spanish thyme, Cuban oregano

Genus

Plectranthus Plectranthus

Species

P. amboinicus - P. amboinicus is a tender, prostrate to spreading, woody-based, evergreen perennial with velvety, fleshy, broadly ovate, scalloped, aromatic, grey-green leaves and whorls of tubular, two-lipped, lilac-pink or white flowers in summer.


Plectranthus amboinicus is: Evergreen

Habit

Spreading, Mat Forming

Flower

Lilac-pink in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Pinch out growing tips to create a bushier, more compact habit.

Propagation methods

Seed, Stem tip cuttings


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Where to grow

Plectranthus amboinicus (Country borage) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 1m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Greenhouse, Flavouring food and drinks, Cottage/Informal, Containers, Coastal, City, Beds and borders, Underplanting

Cultivation

Plant outdoors after danger of frost has passed in well-drained soil in full sun. Treat as an annual or overwinter indoors. Alternatively, grown under glass with shade from hot sun. Rarely flowers in cultivation.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3), Indoor heated (H1)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Plectranthus amboinicus

Other names

Country borage, French thyme, Indian mint, Mexican mint, Soup mint , Spanish thyme, Cuban oregano

Genus

Plectranthus Plectranthus

Species

P. amboinicus - P. amboinicus is a tender, prostrate to spreading, woody-based, evergreen perennial with velvety, fleshy, broadly ovate, scalloped, aromatic, grey-green leaves and whorls of tubular, two-lipped, lilac-pink or white flowers in summer.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Spreading, Mat Forming


Colour

Flower

Lilac-pink in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Pinch out growing tips to create a bushier, more compact habit.

Propagation methods

Seed, Stem tip cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Plectranthus amboinicus (Country borage) will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 1m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Greenhouse, Flavouring food and drinks, Cottage/Informal, Containers, Coastal, City, Beds and borders, Underplanting

Cultivation

Plant outdoors after danger of frost has passed in well-drained soil in full sun. Treat as an annual or overwinter indoors. Alternatively, grown under glass with shade from hot sun. Rarely flowers in cultivation.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3), Indoor heated (H1)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10, Zone 9

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Plectranthus amboinicus (Country borage)

Common pest name

tomato thrips

Scientific pest name

Ceratothripoides brunneus

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Thrips present in Africa; the Caribbean and parts of Asia; frequently intercepted in the UK. Can cause significant damage to tomatoes and other crops in countries where it is present. Europe wide PRA will consider its potential to establish and cause damage.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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