Dicliptera clinopodea

A hardy shrublet with dark green leaves bearing dense clusters of violet flowers during autumn and winter.
FLOWER COLOUR:  
AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 0.4m x 0.3m
MAXIMUM SIZE (H) x (W): 0.9m x 0.3m
FLOWERING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D

A hardy, sprawling perennial shrub let that has a long flowering period, producing delicate, two lipped tubular flowers at intervals along its upright branches.

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
This shrub is regularly visited by butterflies and the hummingbird hawk moth who feed on the nectar. It serves as a larval host plant to three species of butterfly.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
Forest margins and along small streams.

MAINTENANCE:
Low maintenance.
Prune back after flowering to encourage bushy growth and to keep the plant neat.

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Water moderately throughout the year.

GARDEN THEMES:
Country, forest, woodland

LANDSCAPING USES:
A fantastic addition to provide some height to a mixed herbaceous border in semi-shade.
FLOWERS:
WILDLIFE GALLERY:
BUTTERFLY LARVAL HOST:
Junonia hierta (Yellow Pansy)
Junonia natalica (Brown Pansy)
Junonia oenone (Blue Pansy)

FULL GALLERY:
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