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Purple-leaved spurflower

Plectranthus purpuratus subsp. tongaensis

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A subspecies of P. purpuratus that grows horizontally and roots at the stem nodes. It has fleshy, succulent leaves that are surprising hardy and very waterwise. It is a useful ground cover or pot plant.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Autumn
Fruiting time
Autumn

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed in Spring.
Cuttings
Make cuttings from 5-15cm long stems and remove the bottom half of leaves. Soon roots will grow from the nodes underneath the soil.

Special features

Geography

Origin
South Africa
Natural climate
Bushveld, grasslands

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Ornamental
A useful ground cover or pot plant

Personality

Family
Lamiaceae
Flower colour
White with bluish tube
Scent
Mild

Problems

Relative problem free.

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