Sekukuni Spurflower

Plectranthus venteri

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Succulent-like, herbous perennial plant with distinctive deeply lobed leaves on self-branching stout stems. One of the few Plectranthus more prone to grow in the sun. Fragrant leaves remind of 'Vicks', a medication used to help with chess problems. The purplish mauve flowers usually appear in late fall.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Take cuttings during Spring.

Propagation

Seed

Not usually propagated by seed.

Cuttings

Take cuttings of 10-15cm and root in sandy soil mixture. Keep moist while rooting.

Special features

Drought resistant

Pot plant

Indoor plant

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Special features

Origin

South Africa

Natural climate

Arid interior, Temperate interior

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Personality

Family

Lamiaceae

Flower colour

Purple

Scent

Mild

Problems

Problem free

Credits

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Plectranthus venteri by Monique McQuillan, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, April 2018 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)