Mexican mint, Patharchur, Ajwain Leaves - Plant
Description for Mexican mint, Patharchur, Ajwain Leaves
Plectranthus amboinicus is the scientific name of false ajwain plant. It is a sprawling and semi-succulent perennial herb. It has a fast growth rate. Leaves have stalks which are densely velvety, like most mint family plants. The leaf blade is fleshy, broadly ovate to circular, rhombic, or kidney-shaped. Flowers are borne in 10 to 20 flowered, densely velvety spikes.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Cuban Oregano, Indian borage, Indian mint, Mexican mint, Mexican oregano, Spanish thyme, Patharchur||Niagara, Blue, White||Summer||Up to 1 m||Easy to grow|
Planting and care
The ajwain plant is very easy to grow. In dry climates the herb grows easily in a well-drained, semi-shaded position. Plant individuals with the distance between 35 - 45 cm. Divide the Cuban oregano in spring, to produce new growth, if it becomes overgrown or crowded.
|Partial Shade to Full Sun||Moderately fertile, rocky or sandy, well-drained soil||Medium||15 to 25 degrees C||Use any organic fertilizer.|
Caring for Mexican mint
- Sparingly water every day.
- Feed with the fertilizer in the spring.
- Avoid direct contact with a fertilizer of the leaves.
- Cut back all broken and otherwise damaged branches.
- Look for spider mites, mealybugs, leaf spots, and root rot. Apply cure on time.
First cutting starts in about 5 months after planting and subsequently at 3 months interval.
Typical uses of Mexican mint
Special features: Ajwain leaves are used for treating colds, coughs, and fever.
Culinary use: The leaves are strongly flavored and make an excellent addition to stuffings.
Ornamental use: The plant can be planted in the container, as a ground cover and an indoor plant. You could grow it as a hedge in a small garden.
Medicinal use: It contains essential oils and does help in health problems.
Note: Please consult your health expert.
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