Cuban Oregano

Plectranthus amboinicus

A signature culinary herb for Puerto Rico, Cuba, Jamaica, and other Caribbean islands. Cuban oregano is not an oregano at all, but has a taste very reminiscent of a very strong oregano – use sparingly so as not to overpower any dish you’re using it in! The plant is quite succulent with fragrant, velvety white-edged leaves with white tubular flowers. Frost tender in our area, it is best as a greenhouse plant or in a container brought inside in the Winter.

Water: Moderate

Hardiness: Frost Tender


Habit: Sprawling plant growing 12 to 18" wide and vining to many feet, making it a good candidate for hanging baskets

Light: Partial Shade

Soil: Well-draining gritty soil

Origin: Eastern Africa

Cuban Oregano