Pycnostachys reticulata

A perennial shrub bearing dense blue flower spikes on the tips of upright branches.
FLOWER COLOUR:  
AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 1m x 1.5m
MAXIMUM SIZE (H) x (W): 2.5m x 2m
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

An erect, perennial herb with sparse branched, solitary woody stems from the base.  The leaves have toothed margins.  The flowers are borne in dense terminal clusters.  They vary from pale to deep blue and mauve.

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
Attracts insect pollinators.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
Moist, swampy and grassy places.

MAINTENANCE:
Low maintenance.
Trim after flowering to keep a neat appearance.

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Water moderately.

GARDEN THEMES:
Bushveld, country, rockery, woodland

LANDSCAPING USES:
Fantastic for a mixed border in semi-shade.

FLOWERS:
In dense terminal inflorescences, ± 50 x 20mm with flowers pale to deep blue or mauve. Calyx with 5 spike-like lobes, purplish-red.
FOLIAGE:
A mid-green ovoid to lanceolate leaf with a toothed margin.
CULTIVATION:
Easy to grow from seed.

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