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Plectranthus

Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Evergreen, Ground covers, Perennials, Shrubs

Close relatives of coleus; native to many tropical regions of the world. They have square stems, opposite pairs of fleshy, tooth-edged or scalloped leaves, and whorls of tubular, two-lipped blossoms. Some are highly aromatic, used as seasonings or home remedies. Others are grown for their attractive foliage, yet others for their striking floral displays. Some are good bedding plants for summer color; some make dense, weed-suppressing ground covers for frost-protected areas. Several are trailing plants that drape gracefully from hanging baskets or wall pots. All are superb in containers, either alone or in combination with other plants.

Easy to grow. Stems take root wherever they touch the ground. Cuttings root quickly in soil or water. Remove flower spikes after they fade.

Plectranthus argentatus, photo courtesy of Andrea Gómez Romero
Plectranthus argentatus, photo courtesy of Andrea Gómez Romero

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Plectranthus argentatus

From Australia. Erect to spreading plant to 3 ft. high, 6 ft. or wider. Densely hairy, scallop-edged, oval leaves to 7 in. long are silvery gray-green,with a light purplish flush on growing tips and stems. Pink-tinged white flowers in footlongspikes in late summer, fall.Best in at least half-day directsun; will take hot afternoon sunif adequately watered.

Plectranthus parviflorus

From Hawaii, Australia. Occurs naturally in dry, exposed locations. Spreading, trailing plant grows to 6 to 8 in. or possibly higher; spreads to 3 ft. but can be easily restrained. Light green, toothed leaves are covered with short, silvery fuzz. Short spikes of pale blue flowers bloom all year. Use in hanging baskets, rock garden, or as small-scale ground cover.

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