Spanish Thyme or Cuban Oregano
is an unusual, fleshy leafed plant used as a culinary seasoning in the
Caribbean. The brittle stems and colorful foliage resemble the common Coleus.
Growth is slow in the winter months and moderate in spring and summer. Heat and
direct sun don't seem to adversely affect growth or appearance. Insignificant
flower stems form in the fall. It is extremely tender so grow in a protected
area or keep it mobile in a container so it can be placed in a controlled
environment in the winter.
Also known as Indian Borage;
Daun Bangun-Banun, (M); Pok-Hor, (C); Po-Ho, (H)
Indian Borage. The leaves emit a very
strong aroma when handled.
A succulent perennial herb that can reach 50 cm in height with fleshy leaves in
opposite pairs. It occasionally produces pale violet flowers.
A plant cultivated and running wild in Malaysia. It is probably a native of
Uses Leaves are mainly used in
stuffing and for flavoring meat, also as a substitute for sage. Its strong
smelling aromatic leaves are used medicinally by Indians as a cure for coughs.
This information is from the The
Singapore Science Center.
This plant is sometimes available in
plug trays. These trays hold 128 of all the same plant. They are a great low
cost way to fill a lot of space. Each cell is 3/4 of inch by an inch. Check here
to see if
Variegated Spanish Thyme Plug Trays are available.