days to maturity:
plant spacing: 1 plant every 3 feet
sunlight requirements: 6-14 hours
look out for: none
harvest notes: easy to grow, NOT edible
Vicks plant is one of our most ‘house-planty’ offerings, its super hearty and can thrive in a pot long term; tolerating some neglect and some shade. Its VERY often confused with cuban oregano, which is in the same family, but its look and smell differs. As the name suggests, it has a strong odor similar to that of “Vick’s Vapor Rub”, a common over-the-counter liniment that is rubbed on to the chest to help ease congestion and break chest colds. In fact, the vicks plant can be used for the same purpose. The leaves can be steeped in boiling water, vaporizing the volatile oils. The steam is then inhaled, helping to clear nasal and respiratory passages. The leaves can also be applied as a poultice or prepared as an ointment. If you find the smell enjoyable, consider taking one of these guys home for the occasional scratch and sniff!