A picture of a Plectranthus ornatus

Plectranthus ornatus

Plectranthus ornatus

Plectranthus ornatus 01 by Michael Wolf (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

H1a

RHS hardiness

15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

30cm

Max

Min

50cm

Flowering

This plant has a strong fragrance

Plectranthus ornatus Overview

Plectranthus ornatus has succulent, rounded, grey-green foliage, which has an unpleasant smell and grows up to 20-30cm tall with a 1 m spread. It has chubby flower spikes which are purplish-blue in colour that blooms in Autumn but flowering can be sporadic. It can cope with sun or shade but flowers best in full sun, and tolerates extremely poor garden positions. The stems should be cut back fairly hard after flowering. It enjoys being mulched and fed occasionally.

Common problems with Plectranthus ornatus

Problem free

    Plectranthus ornatus Companion Plants

    Artemisia, rosemary, lavender, Salvia

    How to harvest Plectranthus ornatus

    Not usually harvested.

    How to propagate Plectranthus ornatus

    Cuttings

    It easily grows from cuttings taken during the growing season - cut off a 10-15cm piece, remove the leaves from the bottom half and keep moist in a sandy soil mix!

    Seed

    Sowing seed in Spring.

    Special features of Plectranthus ornatus

    Drought resistant