Cuban oregano is a plant that originates from eastern and southern Africa. So, centuries ago, Arab traders brought it to the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and India. After that, it was taken to Europe and eventually made its way to the Americas during the colonial era
. What’s interesting about its history is that its name does not give away the place of origin. In addition to that, the plant is also not oregano. If you’re intrigued by this plant, read on to learn everything about it.
What You Should Know About Cuban Oregano
Considering the plant’s name does not represent it properly, it has other names. These include but are not limited to:
- Spanish thyme
- Indian borage
- French oregano
- Mexican mint
- Vicks plant
Flavors of Cuban Oregano
Cuban oregano has a mint oregano flavor. However, its aroma is similar to what a combination of thyme, oregano, and turpentine would be like. The plant is commonly used in fish and meat due to its minty flavor.
Conditions for Growing the Plant
Over time, the plant has started to grow in various parts of the world. So, you can grow it in your home with or without specific arrangements.
Meet the Hardiness Zone
Provide Adequate Sun and Water
The plant is part of the mint family. So, it has fleshy stems and leaves. Thus, you must ensure it gets full sun. In addition to that, don’t overwater it, and let it dry between each time you water it.
Propagation of the Plant
Typically, propagation occurs through cuttings. However, you can grow the plant from its seeds. You must sow the seeds immediately after they ripen because they won’t germinate if you delay. Moreover, you must ensure the seeds are warm by using a heat mat.
Germination can occur in temperatures between 66F and 75F. After germination, plant the seedlings in your garden during the spring when the soil is warm.
Medicinal Uses of the Plant
Cuban oregano also has a variety of medicinal uses. Thus, it can help treat insect bites, malarial fevers, allergies, respiratory issues, and more. In addition to that, nursing mothers in Indonesia take it to increase their milk production.
Decorative Effects of the Plant
You can use this plant for its decorative effects as well in containers or landscapes. You may also find your Cuban oregano leaves variegated. In that case, the leaves will have differently-colored edges — most likely white. Moreover, you can expect the plant to grow anywhere between 18 and 36 inches tall.
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