Plectranthus verticillatus

A magnificent, carpet-forming groundcover with glossy dark green foliate.
FLOWER COLOUR:  
AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 0.2m x 0.5m
FLOWERING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D

This fairly hardy evergreen, semi-succulent plant bears aromatic green leaves that tend to trail.  It is an attractive groundcover which bears tiny white flowers with purple markings which attract insects and birds.

It is an excellent plant to use in the forest area of a wildlife-friendly garden as it attracts, insects and insectivorous birds.  It is also a butterfly host plant.

 

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
Attracts a range of insects and is the larval host plant to some species of butterfly and moth. You may notice some leaves have been eaten, but the plant will quickly recover from this.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
Woodland and forest margins.

MAINTENANCE:
Low maintenance.
As the plant naturally grows in forests and woodlands, it will thrive with a generous supply of leafmould, compost and mulch.

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Water moderately throughout the year.

GARDEN THEMES:
Forest, rockery, succulent, tropical, woodland

LANDSCAPING USES:
An excellent groundcover for large areas in partial or light shade under trees.
It is well suited for planting along a stream or near a pond.
Can be planted in a hanging basket on a shady patio.

FLOWERS:
FOLIAGE:
FULL GALLERY:

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