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Products > Plectranthus socotranus
 
Plectranthus socotranus - Mint of Socotra

This listing for information only - We no longer grow this plant  

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: Socotra Island (Indian Ocean- Yemen)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: NA
Bloomtime: Infrequent
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Height: <1 foot
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Plectranthus socotranus (Mint of Socotra) A very small compact upright growing succulent subshrub to about 1 foot tall with aromatic 1/2 inch long fleshy elliptic light green leaves that are smooth with a silvery cast on the upper surface and prominent veins decorating the convex lower surface and with slightly notched margins that have a light brown edge which is enhanced with cool weather. We have not seen this plant bloom. Plant in full sun to brightly lit shade in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally. We have not tested this plant for hardiness below 32F but most Plectranthus, even ones that come from colder climates than this, are a bit sensitive to a frost and one might want to protect this little jewel. This plant is a bit brittle so keep it away from areas where it might get bumped into but the broken leaves will initiate roots to make tiny new plants. The scent has been likened to a combination of camphor, eucalyptus and menthol and persists on one's fingers once touched. We first got this plant from our friend John Bleck who received it from Gary James. Mr James collected the plant in February 1999 at 1640 feet in elevation at at Qaysuh, near the village of Khalansiya, Socotra, Yemen. It was originally grown at the Huntington Botanic Garden (HBG 87322) and was an International Succulent Introduction in 2002 (ISI 2002-37). The name for the genus comes from the Greek words 'plektron' meaning a "spur" and 'anthos' meaning "flower" in reference to the spur that is found at the base of the corolla tube of the type species Plectranthus fruticosus. This species was originally described by Alan Radcliffe-Smith in 1971 in Hooker's Icones Plantarum. The species epithlet refers to its origins on the island of Socotra off the Arabian Peninsula. It is on the Red List of Threatened Species in the category of least concern.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Plectranthus socotranus.
 
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