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Plectranthus neochilus

Plectranthus neochilus

Spur flower, Lobster flower(Eng.), Rotstuin spoorsalie(Afr.)

A hardy versatile low growing shrub or ground cover that is suitable for both semi-shade and full sun water-wise gardens. It grows easily from cuttings and roots develop quickly. Flowers are purple to mauve. Often used as fast-growing water-wise ground cover - even in industrial and commercial areas where they are sometimes neglected.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Autumn
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

Propagation

Division
Divide the overgrown areas replanting rooted plants to other areas.
Cuttings
Make 10-15cm long cuttings and remove the leaves at the bottom half. Roots will soon grow from the nodes where the leaves were!
Layering
New roots form where stems touch the soil.

Special features

Geography

Origin
Soutern Africa in open woodlands or drier rockeries
Natural climate
Subtropical to semi-arid

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Ornamental
Fast growing water wise ground cover

Personality

Family
Lamiaceae
Flower colour
Purple, mauve, lilac, white
Scent
Strong

Problems

Relatively problem free.

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