Vicks Plant

Plectranthus tomentosa


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This hard-to-find member of the mint family is a soft succulent whose leaves, when crushed, emit a menthol scent very reminiscent of Vicks Vaporub, hence the common name “Vicks Plant”, and in fact the plant can be used medicinally as a decongestant. A rapidly growing upright herb reaching around 50cm tall, its thick, fleshy leaves are lime green with raised veins on the undersides and scalloped edges. Thanks to a fuzzy, woolly coating all over the plant, it has a whitish velvety appearance. It will produce masses of showy, lavender coloured blooms.

Grows well in full sun but can tolerate partial shade, and also grows indoors with bright light. Provide well-draining containers or soil, and water thoroughly when soil gets dry to the touch. Native to South Africa.


140 mm pot, Cutting