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Big Leave Plectranthus

Plectranthus barbatus

Also known as

Forskohlii, Indian Coleus

Partial Shade
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2m

Max

2m

1m

Min

1m

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Big Leave Plectranthus Overview

Plectranthus barbatus is a tropical perennial species in the mint family, Lamiaceae. It typically grows up to 2m tall and produces thick, pungent, furry leaves. Also known by the common names big leave Plectranthus, Indian coleus and forskohlii, which references a synonymous name for this plant species, Coleus forskohlii, this name is no longer recognised as this species has been reclassified and now resides in the genus Plectranthus. This plant sends up plump buds which open to beautiful, long, bright blue spires of flowers, appearing in autumn. The leaves are popular in Kenya for use as toilet paper... imagine a soft fragrant option!

Common problems with Big Leave Plectranthus

Disease and pest free.

    How to propagate Big Leave Plectranthus

    Cuttings

    Make cuttings of about 20-30cm long and remove bottom leaves. Root in moist soil that drains well.

    Special features of Big Leave Plectranthus

    Hedge plant

    This Plectrantus grows huge and can make an effective informal hedge or screen.

    Attractive flowers

    Attractive leaves

    Drought resistant

    Grows comfortably in dry shaded areas.

    Other uses of Big Leave Plectranthus

    Medicinal

    Medicinal

    Herbal teas are a common use for this plant, it has also been used in Ayurvedic traditional medicine to treat ailments such as heart disease, pain and convulsions.