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Camphor spurflower

Plectranthus cylindraceus

Vick's plant, Mentholatum plant (Eng.), Kanfer spoorsalie (Afr.)

The Vick's plant has a strong odour as leaves are crushed with the same medicinal properties as the Vicks used for colds, coughs and sinus problems. The perennial herb growing up to 0.3–2 m tall, covered with moderately to densely greyish hairs. The woody stems are fleshy at the base. The fleshy leaves are egg-shaped or elliptic, with slightly to prominently scalloped edges. Inflorescences are white or pale mauve and are fragrant too.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Autumn, Winter
Fruiting time
Winter

Harvesting

Pick and use fresh leaves as needed.

Propagation

Cuttings
Grows easily from cuttings - take 5-10cm cuttings with leaves removed at the bottom. Keep moist until well-rooted.
Seed
Sow seeds in Spring. Keep moist during germination.

Geography

Origin
Africa
Natural climate
Temperate interior

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Medicinal
Hang leaves in a stocking in the shower - help relieve colds, coughs and sinus.

Personality

Family
Lamiaceae
Flower colour
Violet
Scent
Mild

Problems

Relative problem free.

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