Soup Mint

Plectranthus amboinicus 'Variegatus' Lamiaceae

Other names

Mexican Mint, Indian Mint, Country Borage, French Thyme, Spanish Thyme

Growth habit



Cultivated as annual

Biocultural value

Mild oregano-flavored leaves season soups, stews, meat and fish dishes throughout the Tropics. It's an ingredient in zesty, green sauces popular in Trinidad, Puerto Rico and the Carribean.


Robison Herb Garden

Source of plant

Barbara Cotts


Decumbent, many-stemmed, aromatic, perennial herb. Stems to 1.5m with ascending inflorescence. Leaves 4.5x4cm, petiolate, ovate to ovate deltoid, densely pubescent on both surfaces and gland-dotted, apex obtuse or rounded, margin crenulate, margins white; petiole 4-11mm. Inflorescence spicate, flowers in dense glomerate verticils, bracts persistent; calyx 4-6mm, glandular-villous, uppermost tooth longest, apiculate; corolla 7-9mm, lilac, mauve or white tube slightly bent at middle expanding to throat, upper lip 1.5-2mm, lower lip 4mm; stamens united at base.

USDA Hardiness Zone


Special characteristics

tender perennial, foliage characteristics, food