Spurflower

Plectranthus spp.

Plectranthus, Plectranthus Spurflower

profile iconPlectranthus verticillatus 02
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profile iconPlectranthus verticillatus 02
by Digigalos (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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Plectranthus is a large genus, with approximately 325 annuals or subshrub species. These are characterised by toothed, herbaceous, semi-succulent or succulent foliage. 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 2-lipped and showy with attractive patterning, coloured a shade of white or purple to blue.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Propagation

Cuttings

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

Seed

Sowing seed in spring.

Special features

Indoor plant

Pot plant

Attractive leaves

Attractive flowers

Special features

Origin

South Africa

Natural climate

Subtropical coastal

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Compost

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Medicinal

Sometimes used to treat inflammatory diseases or swelling symptoms.

Personality

Family

Lamiaceae

Flower colour

Purple, White

Scent

Mild

Problems

Generally disease and pest free.

Credits

profile iconPlectranthus
by Andrew Hankey, Witwatersrand National Botanical Garden, April 2001 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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