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Smelly Spur Flower

Coleus neochilus

Also known as

Lobster Flower, Rotstuin Spoorsalie, Rotstuinsalie (Afr.)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

8a-11b

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

30cm

Min

30cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West.

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

    Division

    Divide the overgrown areas replanting rooted plants to other areas.

    Cuttings

    Make 10-15cm long cuttings and remove the leaves at the bottom half. Roots will soon grow from the nodes where the leaves were!

    Seed

    Layering

    New roots form where stems touch the soil.

    Special features of Smelly Spur Flower

    Drought resistant

    Pot plant

    Attractive flowers

    Attractive leaves

    Attracts bees

    Attracts useful insects

    Ground cover

    Other uses of Smelly Spur Flower

    Ornamental

    Fast growing water wise ground cover

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