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Coleus livingstonei

Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Common names: Hedgehog sage, Dark blue pycnostachys (E); umvuthuza (Z);

Native to: Southern Africa
Perennial, Shrub
A perennial shrub bearing dense blue flower spikes on the tips of upright branches.

Coleus livingstonei

EVERGREEN

FULL SUN

SEMI-SHADE

SEMI FROST HARDY

MEDIUM WATER REQUIREMENTS

FAST GROWER

FRAGRANT

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

1m x 1.5m

MAXIMUM SIZE:

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

Coleus livingstonei

DESCRIPTION

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.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION
Moist, swampy and grassy places.
WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS
Attracts insect pollinators.
WATER REQUIREMENTS
Water moderately.
MAINTENANCE
Low maintenance.
Trim after flowering to keep a neat appearance.
LANDSCAPING USES
Fantastic for a mixed border in semi-shade.
GARDEN THEMES
Bushveld, Country, Rockery, Woodland
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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