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Weird looking Oregano

Posted by bea_n_gardener CA (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 17, 09 at 13:16

My mother gave me this weird looking oregano plant. The leaves are similar to a mint plant, but they are thick, feel like velvet, and are a pale pink at the tips and light green at the base. When you rub against the plant it smells like oregano and my mother said its mainly used for Italian dishes. The leaves grow in stocks with a cluster of leaves at each joint, but it doesn't seem to branch out. I would love to know what type of oregano this is, and is it really safe to eat. If I'm able, I'll take pictures later on today.

Thanks,
Bea

P.S. I've taken some cutting I'd be willing to share once they get established.


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RE: Weird looking Oregano

Got a picture?


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RE: Weird looking Oregano

Sounds like what we used to call Cuban oregano. Actually a plectranthus amboinicus. It is what we in Hawaii would grow for oregano . It is not a true oregano, but eatable. I have seen it also variegated.
http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/1356/


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