Please help to identifying this mint plant

chrisfamMarch 23, 2013

my neighbor throw it away, I save it by putting in my pot. Does anyone know what mint plant is this?

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DTLHerbs(5b)

The color makes me think of lemon balm. But if it has a minty smell to it, with full smooth sawtoothed leaves like that it is most likely spearmint. Have you tasted it?

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 11:14AM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

I think it is cuban oregano, Plectranthus amboinicus.

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 3:04PM
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DTLHerbs(5b)

definitely NOT Cuban Oregano. That is a succulent, with round thick fuzzy leaves. These leaves are pointed, smooth surfaced, and thin.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2013 at 9:22PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Check out google images for cuban oregano. Seems to vary some in habit and appearance - probably different varieties but I still say Plectranthus amboinicus. You can ask on "Name that Plant" for many other opinions, if you wish.

FataMorgana

Here is a link that might be useful: Google Images - Plectranthus amboinicus

    Bookmark   March 24, 2013 at 5:23PM
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DTLHerbs(5b)

I am pretty sure that the original photo is more closely related to the mints in the lamiacea family than it is to Plectranthus amboinicus. Here is an article I wrote a couple years ago about Cuban Oregano. http://dtlherbsltd.blogspot.com/2011/02/herb-of-week-cuban-oregano.html?m=1
We have grown it for several years now and have really enjoyed it.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 12:26AM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

I would certainly say it is not lemon balm or spearmint.

Perhaps the OP can tell us something about the scent?

What about a Salvia such as S guaranitica?Or S 'Black and Blue'?

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 10:13AM
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DTLHerbs(5b)

It could be a salvia, that makes sense. It may be easier if we knew how tall it grows, and whether it grows in clumps, or spreads randomly.

But I agree, scent is the best clue. Especially with lamiacea since so many look similiar.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 11:57AM
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act2

Is it fruity sage- salvia dorisiana, with a fruit scented peach smell, soft bendable leaves?
Compare to the picture here: http://www.colonialcreekfarm.com/search.asp?keyword=salvia+dorisiana&search.x=0amp;search.y=0amp;search=GO

or the broadleaf thyme cuban oregano, with a strong lemon thyme scent, with thick leaves?
http://www.colonialcreekfarm.com/Cuban-Oregano-Broadleaf-Thyme_p_47.html

I hope this helps

    Bookmark   March 25, 2013 at 4:13PM
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jaynine

Perilla frutescens/Shiso

    Bookmark   April 2, 2013 at 10:27PM
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archoo16(5b, MO)

that looks a lot like Indian oregano, called karpooravalli. I remember munching on it when i was a kid. very strong flavor. It was never used in cooking though. More like a medicinal herb.

This post was edited by archoo16 on Sat, Apr 6, 13 at 11:37

    Bookmark   April 6, 2013 at 11:36AM
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