3 years to reach maturity
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
Make cuttings of about 20-30cm long and remove bottom leaves. Root in moist soil that drains well.
Special features of Big Leave Plectranthus
This Plectrantus grows huge and can make an effective informal hedge or screen.
Grows comfortably in dry shaded areas.
Other uses of Big Leave Plectranthus
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.