Plectranthus, Variegated Mintleaf 'Variegated Mintleaf'

Plectranthus madagascariensis

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Plectranthus (plek-TRAN-thus) (Info)
Species: madagascariensis (mad-uh-gas-KAR-ee-EN-sis) (Info)
Cultivar: Variegated Mintleaf
Additional cultivar information:(aka Variegatus)
Synonym:Plectranthus coleoides


Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


Good Fall Color



Foliage Color:

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


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Bloom Color:


White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Fallbrook, California(5 reports)

Oakland, California

San Diego, California

Stanford, California

Greenfield, Indiana

Davenport, Iowa

Lexington Park, Maryland

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 22, 2016, RachinUSA from Greenfield, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

Bought a hanging basket with this plant in. Fell in love with it! Looks beautiful cascading down touching the floor. Beautiful tiny white flowers appeared late in the year. Quite a suprise for me as I've not come across this plant before! Trimmed it back a few times to neaten it up. Cuttings from new stems are easy to root. I just put them in a cup of water till it rooted and then in a small pot of cacti potting mix. I over wintered the original plant without realizing what it was and its needs.. it died. Turns out it needed to be brought in before it got cold and kept in a sunny window... but i managed to get the two cuttings once i found out what it was! I'm hoping to get more cuttings from the two little ones i just repotted up! I'm in IN and need to over winter this plant!


On Jun 20, 2004, JulieAN from Neenah, WI wrote:

We grow it in outdoor containers in the summer here in WI, and call it alternatively iboza or "stinky vine."

For us, grows very well in containers -- no pests, no disease.


On Jul 2, 2003, Izabela wrote:

I planted this plant early April - and it has passed some cold nights. It is growing wild and it is seen beautifully under a blue spruce tree. I can hardly wait to see the flowers next year - I'm hoping. I'm just wondering if I must cover this perennial with leaves in the fall so they will make it pass our severe cold weather here in MB.


On Mar 20, 2003, Holzwurm wrote:

sweet smelling , great in window boxes as accent plant. Grew it in Sicily Italy, Germany and stateside .Can be rooted by cuttings