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Cliff spurflower

Plectranthus purpuratus subsp. purpuratus

Purple-leaved spurflower (Eng.), Persblaar spoorsalie, Krans spoorsalie (Afr.)

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A subspecies of P. purpuratus that has purple underneath the leaves under certain conditions. It is a useful succulent groundcover that grows in shade and semi-shade often described as 'dry shade'. They grow happily underneath trees.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Autumn
Fruiting time
Autumn

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed in Spring as the days warm up.
Cuttings
Make cuttings from the fleshy stems and strip the bottom leaves. Plant in pottingsoil to root.
Layering
The stems form new roots where the touch the soil. Remove and replant into a new area.

Special features

Geography

Origin
South Africa, Umgeni Valley, Durban
Natural climate
Bushveld, grasslands

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Ornamental
A useful succulent groundcover.

Personality

Family
Lamiaceae
Flower colour
White with bluish tube
Scent
Mild

Problems

Relative problem-free

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