Cuban Oregano, Indian borage, Indian mint, Mexican mint, Mexican oregano, Spanish thyme • Hindi: पत्थरचूर Patharchur, पत्ता अजवाइन Patta ajwain • Marathi: पत्थरचूर Pathurchur • Tamil: கர்பூரவல்லீ Karpuravalli • Malayalam: Panikkurkka, Kannikkurkka • Telugu: Sugandhavalkam, కర్పూరవల్లీ Karpoora valli, karuvaeru, vamu aaku • Kannada: karpurahalli, dodda pathre, dodda pathre soppu, karpoora valli • Sanskrit: कर्पूरवल्ली Karpuravalli, Sugandhavalakam;
Native to Southern and Eastern Africa (Wikipedia)
It is a medicinal plant (steamed or raw leaves) used for fever, cough and cold especially for kids.


Fruits & Vegetables Week: RVS-14: Karpoora valli or Oma valli in Tamil. Leaves used to make ‘bajji’. Can it be
called as vegetable? Very good for treating cold and cough espl in children. All these pictures were taken at FRLHT garden, Bangalore, KA.

ID request – 03072011PC1: Please identify this plant. I have seen this in Hyderabad as well as in Kakinada, Andhra Pradesh. Have not seen flowers. Leaves smell like Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi) and are used in making pakoras.

Coleus aromaticus of Lamiaceae family. It is a medicinal plant (steamed or raw leaves) used for fever, cough and cold especially for kids.

No, leaves of all Coleus species (most of the wild species) are not edible.

I agree with .. id.
The current name is Plectranthus amboinicus.

Yes its Coleus aromaticus (mostly found on rocky places in Maharashtra, some old forts or caves), roots are more medicinally important, though leaves are also used.

Lamiaceae & Verbenaceae Week: Lamiaceae, Plectranthus amboinicus from Delhi:  Plectranthus amboinicus (syn: Coleus aromaticus), grown as foliage plant in Delhi. Photographed from Herbal Garden, Punjabi Bagh, Delhi

is this not the ajwain plant? i use the leaves to make very tasty pakodas also used sometimes as a tea for colds???

Yes … the leaves the plant is often known as a ajwain in nurseries, but in reality it smells like oregano (also uploaded by me today)

The real ajwain is, however, a member of Apiaceae (umbelliferae), trachyspermum copticum, (ajwain, ajowan caraway, carom seeds), whose fruits form the common spice in India.

Plectranthus amboinicus (syn: Coleus aromaticus),
grown as foliage plant in Delhi. Photographed from Herbal Garden, Punjabi Bagh, Delhi


efloraofindia:”For Id 06092011MR2’’ plant with oval leaves Pune:  Request for identification
Date/Time- Sep 2011
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS- Pune
Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- Garden I suppose
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb-  Plant
Height/Length- 1/2 to 1 foot
Leaves Type/ Shape/ Size- green oval

Flowers Size/ Colour/ Calyx/ Bracts- Not seen
Fruits Type/ Shape/ Size Seeds- Not seen

Yes, it is P. amboinicus (= Coleus aromaticus). “Karpoora valli” in Tamil.

efloraindia: 041111 BRS122: Sharing the picture of Coleus aromaticus from NBNP Garden, Anaikatti, Coimbatore Dist.,

I have seen a lot of plants with leaves, but perhaps not in flower. Thanks for sharing. The correct name now, however, is Plectranthus amboinicus (Lour.) Spreng. (syn: Coleus aromaticus Benth.; Coleus amboinicus Lour.)

Saw this small, potted plant at the Flower Show, Jijamata Udyan, Mumbai in Feb this year.


Earlier known as Coleus aromaticus.

Seen at the Flower Show in Jijamata Udyan, Mumbai.

one needs flowers to be sure and its growing habit and the aroma as extracted could help

was this plant labelled by the growers? they should know what they planted?


Plectranthus amboinicus (Lour.) Spreng. from our farm garden: (7 pictures) Plectranthus amboinicus (Lour.) Spreng. Syn: of Lamiaceae family, A common garden plant. A good medicine for cough, cold and fever.

Native to Southern and Eastern Africa (Wikipedia)

Wonderful Close ups


Plectranthus amboinicus (Lour.) Spreng. : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (5).
Plectranthus amboinicus (Lour.) Spreng.

Syn: Coleus amboinicus, Lamiaceae, commonly called Ajwain or Ova, as people use their leaves for making “Pakodas”. But nothing to do with real Ajwain or Ova.. Which belongs to Coriander family!

Beautiful pics …

Sharing the images of Coleus aromaticus from Anaikatti, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.

Now known as Plectranthus amboinicus (Lour.) Spreng

2nd & 3rd images are of Plectranthus caninus Roth

Your 1st image is of Plectranthus barbatus Andrews, while 4th image is correct as Coleus aromaticus as stated by you.

Attached are pictures of Plectranthus amboinicus captured at Jijamata Udyan and MNP, Mumbai.


Mint Flower ? (160409 NSJ) : 6 posts by 6 authors. Attachments (1)

Attached herewith a small flower which appears to be from mint family. The plant has thick juicy leaves. In Marathi it is called as ova plant. The leaves are also used for making pakodas. I would like to know its correct identification.

It could be Coleus aromaticus, Check Medicinal plants

Please check in Anethum sp.?

dear it is Plectranthus amboinicus.

This is Coleus forskohlii.This is a medicinal plant. We planted in smiriti van Jaipur. Some research work carried out.

commonly known as ajwain. used medicinally in a no. of ways

Appears close to images at Plectranthus amboinicus (Lour.) Spreng. 


Herb id from BD_SM_1208 1 : 8 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)

Pl. check


To me appears closer to images at Plectranthus amboinicus (Lour.) Spreng. (Cultivated) 

Pl. check and confirm.

Is the id OK?

For me the ID by … is correct.



75 ID wild plant: 16 images.
Please ID wild plant,
Location:         near Reserve Forest, Chathamattom, Ernakulam District, Kerala PIN:686671
Date:.               06.04.2021, 12.05pm
Altitude:           1700fsl
Habitat:            wild moisture
Plant habit:      creeping, aromatic, hairy, weak stem, fully green filled with water
Height:             02 feet
Leaves:            aromatic, opposite, heart shaped, toothed margins
Flower:             size:2×5×3mm violet, fragrant
Camera:           mobile LG K10 2017 13mp +macro lens

Plectranthus barbatus

One suggestion: In all your postings it is better if you also post habit  pictures along with foliage (branches etc.). This helps for proper ID.

Sharing habitat image (young stems are eaten by cattle).
Thank you very much for identified the plant, but flower image is more similar to Plectranthus amboinicus,

But small size of the inflorescence is creating a doubt in my mind as per images at Plectranthus amboinicus
Looks different from Plectranthus barbatus

No, doubt, I am sure it is Plectranthus amboinicus (cultivated). Every year, seemed many flower bunches. But this year I saw only one flower bloomed, it is because remaining portion of the bunch plucked by kids, and after photography, fully eaten by my cow,

Plectranthus sp.: 1 high res. image.
Found in JSP nursery, Karasangal, Chennai


Lamiaceae: Coleus ambonicus: 2 high res. images.
Coleus ambonicus
Syn. Plectranthus ambonicus from Andhra university Botanical Garden, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh