I saw this plant in the botanic gardens the other day and would like to know:
a) Which plant it is
b) If it is indigenous
c) What type of growing environments it prefers, ie. shade, amount of water etc
Please let me know!
It is the indigenous groundcover, Plectranthus ciliatus – part of the Spurflower family very popular with butterflies. Its preferred habitat is moist forest floors, but will do very well in light shade too. It gets about 20 – 30 cm high and spreads well. Often roots where stems touch the ground. A fantastic garden plant.
This is Plectranthus fruticosis ‘Ellaphi”.
Yes it is indigenous.
It is a shade loving ground cover, but to bring out the purple colour it needs a semi or partial shade position. This Plectranthus thrives with moderate to generous amounts of water, and rich well-drained soil. It will tolerate dry conditions but won’t look its best.
Thanks for the insights. now i just need a big garden with some shady areas to populate!
I do love that purple tint…
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