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Purple mountain plectrantus

Plectranthus purpuratus subsp. montanus

An evergreen creeper and subspecies of P. purpuratus that has dense hairs and occurs naturally at high altitudes. 'Montanus' means 'from the mountain'- it is an alpine plant and is resistant to light frost. Use it is a ground cover or potplant.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Autumn
Fruiting time
Autumn

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed in Spring. Keep moist until germinated.
Cuttings
Take cuttings from shoots and remove leaves from the bottom half. Place in potting soil and keep moist.

Special features

Geography

Origin
South Africa, Lomati Gorge near Barberton in Mpumalanga
Natural climate
Alpine - 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 a bluish tube
Scent
Mild

Problems

Relative problem free.

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