Potato Mint (Plectranthus esculentus)

Potato Mint (Plectranthus esculentus)

Regular price $14.95 Sale price $12.95

Live African Potato Mint Plant 
Ships in 100% Biodegradable Coconut Fiber Planter

African Potato Mint is a really unique and somewhat rare perennial (or annual!) ground cover and edible root plant.  It's in the mint family of plants and is indigenous to parts of Africa and India. This lovely, sprawling ground cover grows effortlessly almost anywhere and we have ours planted in a variety of locations, from medicinal herb beds in full sun to underneath the lightly shaded canopy's of fruit trees. 

Potato Mint (for short) is an incredibly hardy and fast growing plant that thrives in hot/dry conditions.  It makes a wonderful ground cover for drought prone areas with the added benefit of producing potato-like edible tubers, which can grow as large as 4 lbs! The roots are high in protein, carbohydrates, iron and calcium. Requires 6 months of warm to hot growing conditions to yield large, mature tubers.  If you're searching for a unique, super low maintenance edible plant to add to your collection, then African Potato Mint is for you!

Can I pick up my order at the nursery? 
Use code LOCALPICKUP at checkout and schedule your pickup date/time HERE. If the appointment is confirmed, you're good to go.  If it is denied, we will ask you to reschedule and provide an alternative day/time.  There are no same day pickups.  

Order Processing & Shipping Schedule
Orders are processed and shipped at the beginning of each week via 1-3 Day USPS Priority Mail.  Average order processing time before shipment ranges from 1-14 days.  During the Spring and Summer, processing/shipping can take up to 4 weeks.

Tracking information
A confirmation email with tracking information will be sent immediately upon shipment. You can track the progress of your order online anytime by logging in to your account. Delivery confirmation will be emailed when your plants have reached their destination, so you never miss a beat!

Shipping Cost
Shipping will be calculated at checkout and varies based on order weight and your distance from the nursery.  Shipping is combined for multiple plants. The more you grow, the more you save!

Shipping to Hawaii & Puerto Rico
Sow Exotic now ships almost all of our fruiting and medicinal plants to Hawaii and Puerto Rico!  Plants will ship bare root every Monday through Wednesday via 1-3 Day USPS Priority Mail.  No heat packs necessary. Due to USDA restrictions, here's the list of plants that don't make the cut:
Can't ship to Puerto Rico: Coffee, Palm, Banana
Can't ship to Hawaii: Pineapple, Palm, Papaya, Coffee, Banana, Passionfruit
All the other cool stuff: good to go! 🌈 🌿📦📪 

For more frequently asked questions visit our FAQ's page.

Weather Holds
Orders placed in colder climate zones during the winter months will automatically be placed on hold until Spring or when temperatures in your area are above freezing on the expected date of delivery.  

Heat Packs
Heat packs can be purchased separately to avoid cold weather delays.
If you live in a colder climate and do not want to wait until Spring to get your new plants, we recommend adding a heat pack to your order. Your plants will ship as scheduled and arrive safely, with no risk of freezing on the way to your front door.

Plant Care

Plant Type: Deciduous Perennial or Annual Herb/Edible Tuber

Harvest Season: Tubers that are planted in the spring can be harvested the following fall or after 180–200 days. Requires 6 months of warm to hot growing conditions to yield mature tubers.

Mature Size: Height/spread 2-4 ft

Soil & Moisture: Rich, well-draining soil that is loose.  Likes regular water but is drought tolerant!

Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade