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SOLVED: what am I?

Brewers, KY(Zone 6b)

I bought this from the grower that keeps me on my toes. She does not mark any of her plant names. When I asked her what this one was she told me she didn't know. She said the lady who gave her this plant only know it as a "Voodoo Plant". Anybody recognize it?

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Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

Lisa, the leaves remind me of Swedish Ivy, which is in the Plectranthus genus (I think)...check out this link: http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantnop/plectranthus.htm

Is it even close? Also, do the leaves have a distinct aroma when they're rubbed or crushed?

Brewers, KY(Zone 6b)

Vols, the leaves have no aroma. It almost looks like a type of mint, but no smell. The leaves also feel like those of a plastic plant. The hyperlink looks somewhat like my plant, but I just can't tell...going back for another look.

Brewers, KY(Zone 6b)

k...went back in for another look. Not the same :( I thought that all members of the Lamiaceae family all had square stems, did a little reading and confirmed my thoughts. This plant has round stems. Drats!

Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

Yeah, I meant to ask you about the stems. Okay, I give up. Guess we'll have to just hang out and wait for PoppySue or Baa or somebody to come in here and rattle off a name ;0)

Baa doesn't know what it is if it hasn't got a square stem.

Any further description of the flower Lisa?

Gulfport, MS(Zone 8a)

kinda looks like a peperomia to me. but thats a houseplant so i dont think thats what it is.

Kalama, WA(Zone 8b)

It looks like Ajuga to me.

Brewers, KY(Zone 6b)

pooh gals! I know what both of those are and neither one is it :(

Gulfport, MS(Zone 8a)

lisa, what about growing conditions?
what a challenge, lol

Lisa is there a scent to the flowers of leaves?

Brewers, KY(Zone 6b)

Baa, the flowers do not a smell at all.
MSJen, the plants as of now are in a container. They are not picky about their conditions at all. I keep them at normal waterings, tolerates both sun and some shade. HOWEVER! I think we might be getting somewhere...the link that Vols gave me kept haunting me..lol..It really looks like the plant. I went outside and gave a good hard look, the new growth of *some* of the stems seemed to be a little more square-ish than the older, more woody growth. The older growth and growth on the outside looks very round to me. I took one of the square-ish looking stems and cut it and asked DH to take a good look at it, he said it looked "square-ish, sort of".

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Brewers, KY(Zone 6b)

the only thing that is throwing me is the discription says:Plectranthus are noted for their aromatic leaves when crushed or even brushed against, and the variety of aromas is as diverse as the genus itself.

The leaves have no smell to them at all


If it does have sqaure stems which is the bit throwing me LOL then I think it may be a Teucrium.

Any scent to the leaves when bruised?

Brewers, KY(Zone 6b)

no baa, none at all

Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

Lisa, this is really bugging me. I hope I'm not leading you on a wild goose chase with the Plectranthus, but I'm still leaning that way. It's a decent-sized genus, and I imagine that the leaves vary in odor and intensity. For instance, does Swedish Ivy have any notable scent? I don't recall ever thinking it did.

Here are a couple links worth looking at. This first one is in French: http://nature.jardin.free.fr/vivace/ft_plectranthus_madag.html And here is the translated page, although I'm not sure you can open it (cookies and all :) http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=fr&u=http://nature.jardin.free.fr/vivace/ft_plectranthus_madag.html&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dplectranthus%26start%3D40%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Dactive%26sa%3DN

And here is a link with an extremely detailed (and technical) description of the flowers, stems and foliage: http://www.hear.org/pier/plscu.htm

If you don't want to wade through the description (I barely could), be sure to check out the thumbnail photo of the flower and compare it to yours, I think that will help you decide once and for all if we're on the right course or totally off base.

Brewers, KY(Zone 6b)

Vols, I think I will mail you a piece of this thing!

Newark, OH(Zone 5b)

"I think I will mail you a piece of this thing." Sheesh, sounds like some kind of crazy Cajun mob warning or something, LOL!

Murfreesboro, TN(Zone 7a)

hehehe, I hadn't thought of it that way, GW - but you might be right! (Wonder if Lisa still has my address - think I oughta move real quick?)

High Desert, CA(Zone 8a)

Liza ... the leaves and flower reminds me somewhat of a single petaled african violets. don't u think so???? just can't recall the variety. almost like one of those gesneriad[sp?] specie ... ma vie rose

Georgetown, TX(Zone 8a)

My Swedish ivy is blooming right now, and it looks exactly like the photo you posted, Lisa. I forgot to check for scent, but will later today. I've never noticed it in all these 35 years I've had it, and have made cuttings and baskets of it by the dozens.

High Desert, CA(Zone 8a)

Lisa... another site for plectrantus http://www.fernlea.com/accent/variety/plect.htm and other ivy plants. hope that help some ... ma vie

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