Pycnostachys urticifolia

An attractive, bushy shrub with terminal clusters of blue/mauve flowers.
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AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 1m x 1.2m
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 evergreen, aromatic, perennial shrub, which  has several stems branching from the base of a woody stem.  The foliage is dense, with leaf margins bearing rounded teeth.  It bears beautiful dark blue flowers in dense terminal spikes on the tips of the upright stems.

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
Attracts bees and butterflies.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
Grassland.

MAINTENANCE:
Low maintenance.
Cut back affected foliage after winter if affected by frost.

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
Water moderately.

GARDEN THEMES:
Country, forest, grassland, rockery, woodland

LANDSCAPING USES:
Wonderful plant to use at the back of a mixed border.
FLOWERS:
Flower stalks are ±100mm long, bearing dense clusters of boat-shaped flowers with a larger lower lip. Calyx has 5 rigid lobes. Flowers are deep blue, mauve or white.
FOLIAGE:
Leaves ±120 x 70mm, mid-green, margins with rounded teeth.
CULTIVATION:
Easy to propagate from seed.

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