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Thicket Spurflower

Plectranthus madagascariensis

Also known as

Thicket Coleus, Madagascar Spurflower, Madagascar Coleus, Candle Plant, Variegated Mintleaf, Madagaskarmuishondblaar, Ruigtemuishondblaar, Ruigte Spoorsalie (Afr.), Iboza Lehlathi, Ilozane (isiZulu)

Partial Shade
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

11b

USDA zone

7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

1m

20cm

Min

30cm

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Thicket Spurflower Overview

Plectranthus madagascariensis is an evergreen, well-branching plant from the family. It makes good groundcover, spreading to result in a neat and dense mound up to 1m high, rooting where the branches touch the ground. Commonly known as Variegated Mintleaf, Thicket Spurflower and Madagascar Spurflower. The green leaves are broadly ovate with rounded teeth, slightly hairy to the touch. The well-known cultivar ‘Lynne' has variegated leaves which are green with a striking creamy-white to pure white margin. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga.

How to propagate Thicket Spurflower

Cuttings

Take 10-15cm long cuttings and remove the bottom half of the leaves. Root in moist soil and keep moist.

Division

Divide clumps with roots intact and replant.

Seed

Sow during spring.

Special features of Thicket Spurflower

Attracts useful insects

Pot plant

Especially hanging baskets!

Indoor plant

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Drought resistant

Other uses of Thicket Spurflower

Grown for their foliage and flowers.

Ornamental

Shade groundcover that looks beautiful in hanging baskets too!

Medicinal