Plectranthus amboinicus: Indian Borage

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Plectranthus amboinicus is a tender fleshy perennial plant in the family Lamiaceae with an oregano-like flavor and odor, native to Southern and Eastern Africa, but widely cultivated and naturalised in the Old and New World Tropics.

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Wild Plectranthus amboinicus.

Common names include Cuban oregano, Spanish thyme, Indian Borage, Big Thyme, Mexican thyme, Mexican mint, Queen of herbs, three-in-one herb, all herb and Mother of herbs. The leaves are strongly flavored and make an excellent herb addition to stuffing. Finely chopped, they can also be used add flavor meat dishes.

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Wild Plectranthus amboinicus.

The leaves have also had many traditional medicinal uses, especially for the treatment of coughs, sore throats and nasal congestion.In Indonesia Plectranthus amboinicus is a herb used in soup induce lactation.

Plectranthus amboinicus also make a nice jade green ornamental plant under a shaded area.

Photos: DFNP, Singapore 20120521

Source: Wikipedia

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