Plectranthus oertendahlii

Water Needs

moderate

Plectranthus oertendahlii
Groundcover
Silver-leaf Spurflower

10 - 20 cm

Size

Light Conditions

shade

Frost

tender

Flowers

White; summer autumn

green walls; shade; light shade; dry shade; paving; container wildlife insects butterflies butterfly host; narrow spaces;

Garden Situation

Habitat

cliffs; woodland forest; coastal eastern cape; coastal kzn

Region

subtropical east coast; thicket

Rain Season

Summer

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Description

This ground-cover is an extremely pretty species of Plectranthus, quite different in leaf shape and colour to the rest of the family. Low growing, between 5 and 20cm high, the leaves are round to oval, dark to bright green with conspicuous silver veins. The undersides of the leaves are a red/purple. The typical Plectranthus flowers are white and appear on the plant from February to June. Prune after flowering, and before Spring to prevent it from becoming too leggy. Propagate it from cuttings but it should seed itself quite easily. It occurs naturally from Oribi Gorge area to Uvongo along the KZN South Coast, in the dappled shade of coastal forests close to rivers.

Plectranthus oertendahlii
Plectranthus oertendahlii
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