This plant has a strong fragrance
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Smelly Spur Flower Overview
Coleus neochilus (previously Plectranthus neochilus), known as the Smelly Spur Flower, is a hardy, versatile, low growing shrub or ground-cover suitable for both semi-shade and full sun water-wise gardens. Coleus neochilus is frost tender. It grows well in sunny positions and will tolerate light shade. It grows easily from cuttings and roots develop quickly. It is not prone to pests but may be sensitive to fungal attack in wetter climates. The leaves are aromatic when rubbed or crushed and it flowers from spring to autumn, peaking in autumn. Indigenous to South Africa, this plant thrives in warm, dry areas and are often planted in industrial and commercial areas where they are sometimes neglected.
Common problems with Smelly Spur Flower
Relatively problem-free but can be prone to fungal attack in wetter climates.
How to propagate Smelly Spur Flower
Divide the overgrown areas replanting rooted plants to other areas.
Make 10-15cm long cuttings and remove the leaves at the bottom half. Roots will soon grow from the nodes where the leaves were!
New roots form where stems touch the soil.
Special features of Smelly Spur Flower
Attracts useful insects
Other uses of Smelly Spur Flower
Fast growing water wise ground cover