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Citronella spur-flower

Plectranthus laxiflorus

White spur flower (Eng.)

Plectranthus laxiflorus is a tall, strongly aromatic, perennial herb with scrambling stems. They have a sharp citronella-like scent. The leaves are opposite, triangular- and heart-shaped and hairy underneath. The leaf margin is toothed, often slightly rolled under and purplish. The inflorescence is terminal with few branches, with 6-10-flowered clusters that are white or pale mauve with darker markings, rarely blue. It has medicinal value.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Autumn
Fruiting time
Autumn

Propagation

Cuttings
Cuttings of about 15-20 cm long root easily in a moist medium. Remove leaves from the bottom nodes to allow roots to form. or place the cuttings in a glass of water on the windowsill.
Seed
Sow seed in Spring.

Special features

Geography

Origin
Southern Africa
Natural climate
Subtropical coastal

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Personality

Family
Lamiaceae
Flower colour
White or Pale Mauve with darker markings, rarely blue
Scent
Mild

Problems

Relative problem free

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