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Brazilian coleus

Plectranthus oertendahlii

Candle plant, Prostrate coleus

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Plectranthus oertendahlii has slightly succulent leaves and stems that root as they spread along the forest floor. It forms small, low clumps about 20 cm high. The upper surface of the round, broadly serrated leaves is marked with distinct silver veins, while the underside is a deep red. The color fades in lower light conditions and intensifies in more light areas. The leaves and stems have a slightly rough texture due to the short hairs that grow on them.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Autumn
Fruiting time
Autumn, Winter

Harvesting

Take cuttings in Spring and Autumn.

Propagation

Cuttings
Take tip cuttings of 5-15cm and root in moist soil.
Seed
Sowing time during Spring and Summer. Germination time is about 3 weeks.

Special features

Geography

Origin
South Africa
Natural climate
Subtropical coastal, Temperate interior and Temperate coastal

Environment

Light
Full Shade
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Personality

Family
Lamiaceae
Flower colour
White tinged with pink or lilac., Blue
Scent
Mild

Problems

Relative problem free

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