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Cereoid CEREOID at prodigy.net
Sun Dec 31 15:42:24 EST 2000

The true Plectranthus amboinicus is a much larger growing species that the
"Vicks Plant" types and has a distinctive oregano scent not one of camphor.
It is the type species for the obsolete genus Coleus. The "Coleus" of the
horticultural trade is Plectranthus scutellarioides.

I have been putting together a list of the leaf succulent species of
Plectranthus and there are now over 50 named species that fall into that
category. Not all of them are scented. Plectranthus neochilus has a
distinctive skunk-like odor.

The so-called "Swedish Ivy" is Plectranthus verticillatus, a semi-succulent
African species without a scent.

For a recent article on Plectranthus see:

Miller, D. & Morgan, N. (2000) A NEW LEAF. The Garden 125 (11): 842-845,

"Garrapata" <garrapat at ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
news:92nsfi$1fd$4 at slb3.atl.mindspring.net...
> On Sun, 31 Dec 2000 10:51:17 -0500, "Cereoid" <CEREOID at prodigy.net>
> wrote:
> >There are several leaf succulent species of Plectranthus with a camphor
> >scent, including P.spicatus and P.cylindraceus, that are commonly called
> >"Vicks Plant" in the horticultural trade. Plectranthus prostratus is an
> >allied  species grown in hanging baskets.
> >
> >The allied Plectranthus amboinicus has leaves with a distinct oregano
> >and is grown as an herb.
> Thanks - this clears up a little confusion. I've been growing one of
> the "Vicks" plants as C. amboinicus this give me a place to start
> looking for the real name.

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