The Solenostemon amboinicus, or Allspice as it is commonly known, is a groundcover and low-growing plant native to tropical America. This ornamental foliage is arguably one of the most fragrant with its spicy accents, making it popular for culinary purposes. Growing to a height of about 2 feet, the Allspice prefers semi-shade and moderate water and is ideal for mixed containers and patio planters. It is often used in Thai beef salad and is used to give various Cajun and Creole dishes a unique flavor.
The Allspice can flourish in USDA zones 9-11. Soil should remain moderately moist, and the plant should be placed in an area that receives a combination of full sun and partial shade. It can also be grown as a houseplant because of its attractive foliage and bright green stems.
In colder climates, the Allspice can be grown in pots and other containers. To ensure their best growth, the soil should be well-drained, light and nutrient-rich. During the winter, the plants should be kept in protected areas, such as a greenhouse or cold frame. The containers should be moved to an area of the house that receives plenty of indirect light and be watered regularly.