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Plectranthus ecklonii 'Erma'

Plectranthus ecklonii 'Erma'

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"Erma" is a selection of P. ecklonii with soft pink flowers. A large shade-loving shrub with pretty tubular flowers that are clustered on mass on top of a tall flower spike. The plant can reach 2m tall and flowers on mass in Autumn. They naturally occur in moist sub-tropical and temperate forests, where they receive summer rainfall. It was named after the wife of the botanist, Ernst van Jaarsveld. Easy to propagate from cuttings in spring. Attracts insects and birds to garden and a colourful shade garden plant.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Autumn
Fruiting time
Autumn

Propagation

Cuttings
Cuttings (15-20cm long) can be placed 4-8cm deep in moist medium.
Seed
Not often grown from seed.

Special features

Hedge plant
Plectranthus make an effective lower hedge screen.

Geography

Origin
South Africa
Natural climate
Subtropical to temperate forest

Environment

Light
Full Shade
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Ornamental
Colourful shade garden plant.

Personality

Family
Lamiaceae
Flower colour
Pink
Scent
Mild

Problems

Problem free

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