Plectranthus plants and species
Plectranthus plants and species including Plectranthus argentatus and P. ecklonii are reasonably fast growing understory plant that can form a neat rounded shrub. Forms range from low growing to 2m. The silver foliage of P.argentatus makes it one of the more attractive species, less invasive than some of the other forms available.Care
Reasonably drought tolerant green foliage and vivid lavender to white flower spires. Low maintenance best in part shade with good drainage. Can be pruned after flowering to promote a thicker growth habit. P. ecklonii is evergreen to 2m or more preferring shade. Fragrant foliage and deep purple flowers in summer to autumn.
Plectranthus plants and species for sale in Australia
- P argentatus (picture right) is native to Australia and has lovely felty silver leaves, a great ground cover plant that does well in semi shade, will reach around 1m.
- P ecklonii is an evergreen shrub reaching 2m, best in part shade. Purple flower spikes in late summer to autumn.
P. ecklonii ‘Hawthorne Pink’ has pink flowers, also available is P. ecklonii ‘White’
- P ciliatus is a low growing species again from South Africa, fairly vigorous sending out long runners, can become invasive in some conditions.
- Also of interest is the hybrid commonly called ‘Mona Lavender’.
- P australis is another species from South Africa that sends out long runners, best used in hanging baskets, sometimes called ‘Swedish Ivy’.