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Spur Flower

Plectranthus spp.

Also known as

Plectranthus

Plectranthus verticillatus 02 by Digigalos (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

Expected size

Height
Spread

2.5m

Max

1m

20cm

Min

20cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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A photo of Spur Flower
A photo of Spur Flower
A photo of Spur Flower
Starr 020114-0031 Plectranthus parviflorus
Starr 020114-0030 Plectranthus parviflorus

Overview

Plectranthus is a large genus, with approximately 325 annuals or subshrub species. These are characterised by toothed, herbaceous, semi-succulent or succulent foliage that is often fragrant and hirsute. Plants produce spike-like inflorescences, with flowers arranged in whorls or cymes. (In cymes, a central stem produces a flower at its growing tip first, followed by flowers from the ends of subsequent lateral shoots.) Flowers are two-lipped and showy with attractive patterning, coloured a shade of white or purple to blue.

Common problems

Generally disease and pest free.

    Propagation

    Cuttings

    Make tip cuttings and remove the leaves from the bottom half. Place in potting soil and keep moist.

    Seed

    Sow seed in spring.

    Special Features

    Indoor plant

    Pot plant

    Attractive leaves

    Attractive flowers

    Uses

    Medicinal

    Sometimes used to treat inflammatory diseases or swelling symptoms.