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Coleus madagascariensis

Common names: Thicket coleus, Madagascar coleus, Candle plant, Plectranthus madagascariensis, Plectranthus aliciae, Variegated Plectranthus, Madagascar Spurflower (E); Ilozane (Z); Madagaskarmuishondblaar (A);

Native to: Southern Africa
Groundcover
A groundcover with green and white variegated foliage and spikes of dainty white flowers.

Coleus madagascariensis

EVERGREEN

SEMI-SHADE

SHADE

SEMI FROST HARDY

MEDIUM WATER REQUIREMENTS

FAST GROWER

ATTRACTS BIRDS

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

0.3m x 0.45m
FLOWERING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Coleus madagascariensis

DESCRIPTION

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

WILDLIFE & 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. We’ve witnessed a pair of cape robin-chats nesting and raising chicks in this plant.
WATER REQUIREMENTS
Water moderately throughout the year.
MAINTENANCE
Low maintenance.
LANDSCAPING USES
Mass plant it under trees as a groundcover. It grows well in a container on a sunny patio.
GARDEN THEMES
Bushveld, Country, Forest, Formal, Rockery, Succulent, Woodland
FLOWERS
FOLIAGE
BUTTERFLY/MOTH HOST PLANT
Garden Inspector
PESTS & DISEASES
Leaves may be eaten by the caterpillar of the Garden Inspector butterfly but the plant will quickly recover from this.

2 Responses

  1. Hi Rachael

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    Your winter is actually too cold for this plant to survive outdoors so you may have to consider moving it to a well-lit area indoors over winter. In its natural environment the temperature is equivalent to Zone 9.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  2. I have this plant in a hanging basket. I cannot get it to survive over the winter! I am in Zone 6 and bring it indoors for the winter. It starts to die off around the end of January and then i have to take clippings off of it and start the growing process all over again 🙁 i have been trying to figure it out over two years. What am i doing wrong!?
    Thanks in advance!
    -Rachael

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