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Oribi spurflower

Plectranthus oribiensis

A perennial shrub that grows up to 2.5m with broad leaves, hollow stems and hairy purple flowers. Flowering in autumn and naturally occurs in margins of subtropical forests in KwaZulu Natal (RSA). Grows best in semi-shade, well-drained, moist, humus-rich soils. It has tuberous roots which make it drought tolerant. A shade plant for a subtropical garden or in a sheltered spot in other gardens.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Autumn
Fruiting time
Autumn

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed in Spring and keep moist.
Cuttings
Make 15-20cm long cuttings and remove bottom leaves. Root in moist soils.

Special features

Drought resistant
Tuberous roots help survive dry spells.

Geography

Origin
South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal
Natural climate
Subtropical forest

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Wet
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Ornamental
A shade plant for a subtropical garden

Personality

Family
Lamiaceae
Flower colour
Purples
Scent
Mild

Problems

Problem free

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