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Zulu Spurflower

Plectranthus zuluensis

Zoeloespoorsalie, Zoeloemuishondblaar (Afr.)

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Plectranthus zuluensis is an erect or sprawling, multi-branched, soft shrub growing up to 2 m high, with hairy stems which are velvety to the touch when young. The plant has a characteristic pungent smell when crushed. Attractive cultivars of this species are 'Oribi Gorge' with light purple-blue flowers, 'Sky', a low-growing (1 m) shrub with dark purple-blue flowers, and 'Umgeni', a taller (2 m) shrub with dark purple-blue flowers.

Planning

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

Propagation

Cuttings
Take cuttings of 15-30cm long and remove bottom leaves. Plant in moist soil to root.
Seed
Sowing time in Spring/Summer. Germination time takes about 3 weeks.

Special features

Geography

Origin
South Africa, Kwa-Zulu Natal
Natural climate
Subtropical coastal

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil PH preference
Acid
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Ornamental
Lovely shrub for shade areas in the garden.

Personality

Family
Lamiaceae
Flower colour
Hues of Blue
Scent
Strong

Problems

Problem free

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