Cuban Oregano

Dress up food, as well as your container gardens, with this attractive perennial herb.

Kitchen-Friendly Herb

Cuban oregano bears a strong menthol or camphor scent that intensifies when the leaves are crushed, so use this powerful seasoning carefully. It is most often used in dishes that include poultry, lamb, beef, and stuffing. Cuban oregano can be used fresh or dried for cooking.

How to Care for Cuban Oregano

Cuban oregano grows well in part-shade areas like porches, patios, or courtyards that receive a few hours of morning light. Plant this drought-tolerant plant in well-drained soil and water occasionally. It grows well in containers alongside other part-shade plants like begonia, impatiens, fuchsia, and coleus.

Cuban oregano blooms in late winter to mid-spring in tropical areas. Don't expect to see blossoms in cool regions, where it's grown only for a single season, like an annual. This perennial is frost-tender and must be protected when temperatures dip below 32˚F. In that case, move any potted plants inside and cover ground plants with a bedsheet or plastic sheet.

Inside the house, Cuban oregano grows best in a bright, sunny window, but it will tolerate less light if needed. Water it about once a week and feed with an all-purpose fertilizer about once a month. This fast-growing plant will outgrow its container after a few months. Simply trim back the foliage by one-third, or repot it in a larger container.

Another Variety of Cuban Oregano

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Cuban Oregano Overview

Description With common names that include Mexican mint, Spanish thyme, and Indian borage, Cuban oregano leaves many gardeners wondering exactly what it is when they encounter it at a garden center. Let's start with what it is not. Cuban oregano isn't actually oregano, or even mint, thyme, or borage. It is an herb that is perennial in tropical regions but most commonly grown as a container plant elsewhere. It has fragrant, velvety leaves edged in white, and trumpet-shape flowers in pink, white, and lavender. It grows rapidly, creating a lush display in a container garden.
Genus Name Plectranthus amboinicus
Common Name Cuban Oregano
Plant Type Herb
Light Part Sun, Sun
Height 1 to 3 feet
Width 2 to 3 feet
Flower Color Pink, Purple, White
Season Features Summer Bloom
Special Features Fragrance, Good for Containers, Low Maintenance
Zones 10, 11
Propagation Stem Cuttings
Problem Solvers Drought Tolerant
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'Well Sweep Wedgewood' Cuban Oregano

cuban oregano houseplant
Marty Baldwin

This variety of Plectranthus amboinicus has pale green leaves with darker green margins. It does well in containers. Zones 9-11.

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