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The Fragrant Cerveza ‘n Lime Plant

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With the month of May here, I thought I pay tribute to a wonderful plant that I think most will love but may not know about.  Plectranthus,  commonly known as Cerveza ‘n lime, is a plant that envigorates the senses.  I remember when I was first introduced to this plant, I was overwhelmed with the feel and smell of the plant.  It’s really just one of those plants that you can’t help but feel and smell. The lime scent is amazing!

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About Cerveza ‘n Lime

Plectranthus actually has hundreds of species of plants that Cerveza n’lime is apart of.  Some might confuse Cuban Oregano as a Cerveza ‘n lime plant because they resemble each other the most but the differences lay within the scent and foliage.  Cerveza foliage is larger and Cuban Oregano leaves are more succulent like.  Of course their scent differs according to their names.

Other species of plectranthus have beautiful flowers that bloom atop the green foliage.

Plectranthus Caninus variety
Plectranthus Caninus variety

Cerveza n’ lime can grow up to 18″ tall and spread 18″ wide. Pinching off leaves towards the base will provide for a bushier appearing plant and the stems that you trim can easily be re-rooted into more plants.  In fact it’s one of the easiest plants to propagate.

When Cerveza ‘n lime plant is in your presence you can’t help but touch it’s fuzzy leaves-not quite as fuzzy and soft as lamb’s ear but still just as pleasant to feel.  Then you’ll immediately smell your fingers to get a whiff of that lime scent.

Care

Cerveza ‘n lime is an easily plant to care for because it doesn’t require too much of anything.  It needs sun to partial shade and soil that has good drainage.  The plant can withstand a drought but if it’s too wet the plant will surely die off.

This plant also makes an excellent house plant.  Just be sure to place in a window that gets adequate sunlight.

You can plant Cerveza ‘n lime with other flowers to enhance the beauty of the Cerveza’s foliage.  Plants like petunias will do well with plectranthus.

With a name like Cerveza ‘n lime who couldn’t resist such a plant?  Add in it’s pleasant smell, fuzzy leaves and hardiness it’s a plant that should be counsider for your gardens.

Cerveza 'n lime plant

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9 thoughts on “The Fragrant Cerveza ‘n Lime Plant

  1. Aren’t they awesome plants? I’m so glad I discovered these at Rice’s Farmers Market. I take pieces off and share the beauty!

  2. Hi there. I’m wondering if it’s safe to humans to dry the cerveza n mint and burn the dried leaves similar to white sage? Do you know if it releases any unhealthy or unsafe toxins when burned?

    1. Hello Jacob, burning of white sage-often called smudging- can be done with a variety of herbs like lemongrass, lavender, rosemary and peppermint. Cerveza n lime plants or mint cerveza is a variety of plectranthus which happens to be like a cousin to mint. Smudging can be done with whatever herb of your choosing but know that it must be dried and should be pesticide free. People who are asthmatic or suffer from other lung conditions should consult their physician prior to smudging. For most, the smoke that is released from the herbs acts as a spiritual cleansing of the room, object or person.

  3. I am in love with this plant! I’ve been buying one for my deck for several years. Every time we have friends over, I make them rub the leaves between their fingers. The response is always the same… everyone LOVES it! This year I panicked because I looked everywhere for one and no one seemed to carry them. Fortunately they just arrived a little later than usual to my local nursery. I’m so glad you mentioned it as a house plant! I will definitely plant one for indoors as well. I also love the Variegated Cuban Oregano plant, but have never been able to find it but once.

    1. Hi Beth, yes this plant is an awesome house plant! I had to replant mine in a bigger pot and I cut off a stem to repot into another container just in case. They re root so easily-I love them!

  4. How often do you water it? I know it prefers dry conditions, but surely needs some water? I have certainly overwatered in the past but don’t want to starve it either

    1. Hi Emma, I know it’s hard not to water plants! In summer conditions water more often 1-2x a week but in winter I find every other seems to work. This summer I put my cerveza lime plant outside and it really flourished! I was somewhat surprised b’c I thought the rain might be too much but the pot had good drainage and the plant really took off. Good luck with your plant!

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