Mint has a nice scent, but it has nothing on the Plectranthus tomentosa, or “Vick’s VapoRub Plant! This perennial succulent smells just like the popular cough and congestion rub a strong, with its distinctive menthol and camphor scent. The odour is stronger when the leaves are crushed.
The plant can be identified by its light, green leaves that are covered with fine hairs. It can reach a height of 30 inches (75cm) tall. Small, purple flowers will bloom in the early spring and again in the fall.
Vick’s VapoRub Plant is perfect for beginners! These succulents would be ideal for both container gardening (i.e hanging baskets, window boxes, etc..) and garden beds. It is low maintenance and like all other succulents, it is drought tolerant and doesn’t require much water. Plus, the scent of the plant is known to repel mosquitoes! Simply plant in well-draining soil in full sun to partial shade. Be careful not to over water them, which can turn the leaves yellow and mushy or lead to stem rot. Allow the soil to dry between watering.
And yes, you can use the plant to help relieve congestion when you are sick! Add the crushed leaves into some hot water and inhale the steam. You should be able to breathe easier afterwards!
Climate zones: 9-12