If you're ready to embark on a fragrant and flavorful indoor gardening journey, Coleus amboinicus, aka Indian Borage or Cuban Oregano, is the perfect companion. This aromatic herb promises a touch of greenery to your home and a wealth of culinary and medicinal potential.
Coleus amboinicus is a versatile herb from Southeast Asia and belongs to the Lamiaceae family, which means it is closely related to plants like Mint, Lavender, or even Basil. These relative ties become apparent in its taste, combining Basil and Oregano's aniseed notes with the refreshing aromas of mints and thymes.
Typically growing to 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 cm) and spreading to a similar width, creating a bushy appearance, the size of Indian Borage can vary depending on growing conditions and care. The leaves are boastful, fleshy, and aromatic in a vibrant shade of green and are covered in essential oil-bearing trichomes, giving them a slightly glossy appearance. The plant's color may vary slightly depending on light and moisture levels, but it generally remains within the green spectrum.