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Your succulent aromatic plant may be 'Cuban Oregano', Plectranthus amboinicus.

Monica, you got it! I just read that it's also known as Indian borage. And, unlike curry plant, it's good to cook with.

Some herb books will tell you NOT to cook with it. I've never heard of anyone ever getting sick eating any Plectranthus species, it is a favorite of the Caribbean - but I have read where it contains some mild toxins.

I got my curry leaf plant from Logees. First one I did kill, this one is still going.... and you just reminded me to water it! It is indeed worth repeat tries, as the market that sometimes has fresh curry leaves is too far away, doesn't have them in stock when I want them for something specific, and if I just buy them I only use a few before they go bad in the fridge. I am keeping my fingers crossed that this one I can get through the winter. It will never look like the trees in your photo, though!

This is my second winter with my curry leaf plant. Mine also came from Logees and it was a fine plant. Last year it did well for me, even producing some lovely white fragrant flowers. This year I have scale. Right now the plant resides in the bathroom and gets a shower now and then. It is doing a little better.It's hard for a tropical plant that loves it hot and humid to tolerate my 65 degree winter dry environment, but where threr's life there's hope!

I recently discovered a Lavender plant growing on the side of my house. I was very surprise but pleased to welcome it.

Then it bloomed and guess what, the flowers were not lavender purple but yellow. Maybe it is Curry? And how did it get there?

The round-leafed plant was probably also a helichrysum species - there are many. When I hike in Cape Town one of the greatest pleasures is smelling the "curry bush" on the mountain.

http://66squarefeet.blogspot.com/2010/02/hiking-in-orange-kloof.html

It used to be used, dried, in bedding, and is said to give you good dreams! Helichrysums are also good insect repellents, and are used medicinally for asthma (in a tea) and pain relief.

Argh - sorry - had not noticed the Cuban oregano comment...

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