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SOLVED: Fuzzy, Strong-smelling ?Succulent?

Philadelphia, PA

Hello, all! I have two plants that my father picked up for me at a nearby farmer's market. When he asked the person selling them what they were, she didn't know! She explained that they had been sold to her as cuban oregano, but as they developed, it became obvious that they were not.

Well, when he brought it home, I did a bit of googling, and found out that there was a plant called "Vick's Plant" that is commonly confused with cuban oregano, and some of the pics matched, so I thought the mystery was solved. However, when dad went back to the farmer's market and told the seller this, she said she had some Vick's Plant, and that was not it either!

I wouldn't worry about it too much, but they don't seem to be doing very well. I've been treating them like my other succulents, and there's no obvious sign of pests, but they're rather droopy (though I took a few of the worst leaves off).

It smells of camphor, is quite fuzzy, and has pronounced veins on the bottoms of the leaves.

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Philadelphia, PA

Another pic:

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Philadelphia, PA

And another pic:

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zone 6a, KY

It is still a type of plectranthus, as cuban oregano is. Do the leaves smell like vicks vapor rub when touched/ moved?
This is the listing of the plectranthus.

This message was edited Aug 5, 2011 6:54 AM

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

I also think it is a Plectranthus. There are only about 350 species floating around

Burien, WA(Zone 7b)

It is Cuban oregano. plectranthus amboinicus. It just not the variegated species, which is slightly more common.

Philadelphia, PA

Thanks all! I certainly looks like a member of plectranthus. I think it smells medicinal (or maybe like moth balls?), though I don't have much experience with Vick's Vapor Rub.

I'm having trouble figuring out which one from the plant files, though.

Its leaves seem much rounder than some of the pictures of p amboinicus (though others match) and I'm not sure why it would be named after an edible herb when it has that smell.

This picture of p socotranus also reminds me strongly of mine: but the picture from the other member lacks the distinct veining on the underside, and this picture isn't in a position to show it.

Any further thoughts? Maybe it'll be more obvious once it's bigger, or if it flowers. It looks like most of the plectranthuses want more water than other succulents, so I'll try that.

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

Plants in a species are kinda like brothers and sisters ...they all look similar but not identical. You can often find minor leave variations on the same plant at different stages of growth. I have heard the fragrance of Plectranthus amboinicus (cuban oregano) described as everything from minty oregano to minty turpentine.....

I would certainly follow the care guidelines for Plectranthus until the plant attains a bit more size and flowers. Then you will be able to ascertain the proper species.

Philadelphia, PA

It's gained a bit of size, though it has yet to flower, but I'm reasonably sure that it's Plectranthus coleoides 'Cerveza 'n Lime'.

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