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Gossip Spurflower

Plectranthus verticillatus

Also known as

Money Plant, Swedish Ivy, Skindersalie (Afr.)

Full Shade
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

8a-11b

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

30cm

Max

90cm

10cm

Min

50cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Gossip Spurflower Overview

Plectranthus verticillatus is part of the mint family, Laminaceae, and has fragrant foliage when crushed. The stems are square in shape and the leaves have irregular edges. This is a soft, semi-succulent, aromatic, perennial that grows to between 10-30.5cm in height, with a spread of about 60cm. The heart-shaped leaves are succulent and it produces tubular flowers that appear in summer. It can be an annual or evergreen perennial, depending on where it is grown. Often kept indoors as a houseplant, where it will remain green year-round. In mild climates free from frost it may be grown outdoors as a perennial, or in colder climates it can be grown as an annual. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Western Cape.

Common problems with Gossip Spurflower

Relatively disease and pest free.

    How to propagate Gossip Spurflower

    Cuttings

    Make 7-15cm cuttings, remove the leaves from the bottom half of the cutting and keep moist in good potting soil.

    Division

    Divide the plants with roots attached and replant immediately.

    Layering

    The shoots make roots where it touches the soil - remove and replant in new location.

    Special features of Gossip Spurflower

    Drought resistant

    Pot plant

    Attractive flowers

    Attractive leaves

    Indoor plant

    Other uses of Gossip Spurflower

    Ornamental

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