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#195737 - 06/10/09 09:57 AM Oregano Brujo
Irma Offline
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I was yahooeing last night looking for my Oregano Brujo and none of the ones pictured on Wikipedia looked like mine. All of them said that they were a small plant about 2ft tall. Mine grows very tall ( right now it is creeping up the cover of my Phal greenhouse arches. I keep cutting it back and it grows and grows. Nice, aromatic plant!
Here are photos of the leaves and flower spikes.



Oregano Brujo,plant.jpg

Description: Puertorrican Oregano Brujo plant

Oregano Brujo, flowers.jpg

Description: Oregano Brujo flower spike


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#195739 - 06/10/09 10:19 AM Re: Oregano Brujo [Re: Irma]
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do you harvest it? i LOVE oregano. nice pics. new lens? wink

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#195746 - 06/10/09 11:20 AM Re: Oregano Brujo [Re: ellen fl]
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Plectranthus amboinicus is an edible herb ellen.
Irma many mistake barbatus as Spanish Thyme, but it typically has larger leaves, and more prone toward variegation.
Possibly you could have a cross with Plectranthus verticullatus if its scrabbling that much.
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#195789 - 06/10/09 06:37 PM Re: Oregano Brujo [Re: Rich]
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ellen, I use just 1-2 leaves for stews because it is very strong. Whenever I brush past the plant it gives the strong oregano aroma. And the photos were taken with the Canon but resized with the Sony program.

Rich, I wonder why all the plants depicted on whatever website I have seen, including yours, are low ground covers and flimsy plants. My oregano has thick ( 1/2" ) stems which are free standing. It grows as a nice bush without staking.

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#195815 - 06/11/09 03:16 AM Re: Oregano Brujo [Re: Irma]
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Irma Plectranthus like yours are succulents from monsoonal areas, most people over water them year round instead of seasonally and they also need a sharp soil to drain properly. Not given those restrictions they'll get floppy. Best to harvest the leaves and stems just before going indoors for their drier winter rest, to keep their shape.
Goodies like socotranus or eucalyptus plant are trailers and when crossed with tomentosa yield menthol-eucaplyptus , all great at mosquito repulsion
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#195835 - 06/11/09 06:19 AM Re: Oregano Brujo [Re: Irma]
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Here in Aruba this herb is sparingly used in the kitchen and mostly in folk medicine. Decocotions of the leaves with honey and lime juice are popular reliefs for colds, headaches, chest congestion and cramps. If my memory serves, the main constituents of the aromatic oil of the plant are thymol and the chemically related carvacrol, both strong antiseptics. Thymol has also been shown to be a smooth muscular relaxant (respiratory tract) which may explain its effect in chest congestion.

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#232850 - 02/24/10 07:22 AM Re: Oregano Brujo [Re: Chris in AUA]
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Hi Group! Well you have duplicated the plants favored cultural habitat..Lots of fertilizer, light, ventilation and subtropical climate...This is indeed used as a medicinal herb and the leaves are used in cooking too. Another common name for this plant is Cuban Oregano and it is used as a pot herb in Cuban cooking, I find the flavor more like Thyme.

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#232877 - 02/24/10 10:15 AM Re: Oregano Brujo [Re: Las Nubes]
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That may be why I like it so much, my mother is Cuban.
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#232938 - 02/24/10 06:46 PM Re: Oregano Brujo [Re: Irma]
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I love oregano also....use a lot of it in my tomato sauce. I never tried growing it, maybe this year I'll try.
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