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Plectranthus verticillatus

Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Common names: Gossip spurflower, Money plant (E); Skinderplant (A);

Native to: Southern Africa
Groundcover, Perennial, Succulent
A magnificent, carpet-forming groundcover with glossy dark green foliate.

Plectranthus verticillatus

EVERGREEN

FULL SUN

SEMI-SHADE

SHADE

SEMI FROST HARDY

LOW WATER REQUIREMENTS

FAST GROWER

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

0.2m x 0.5m
FLOWERING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Plectranthus verticillatus

DESCRIPTION

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.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION
Woodland and forest margins.
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.
WATER REQUIREMENTS
Water moderately throughout the year.
MAINTENANCE
Low maintenance.
As the plant naturally grows in forests and woodlands, it will thrive with a generous supply of leafmould, compost and mulch.
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.
GARDEN THEMES
Forest, Rockery, Succulent, Tropical, Woodland
FLOWERS
FOLIAGE
PESTS & DISEASES
Seldom attacked by pests and diseases.

6 Responses

  1. Hi Tsholofelo

    Thanks for visiting our site.

    You’d be able to source the plant from your nearest nursery as we don’t operate a nursery.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  2. Good morning
    I need this plectranthus verticillatus plant do you have in stock and how much is the price

  3. Hi Khuli

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    Yes, Plectranthus verticillatus can be used as a houseplant. It will require a rich potting soil kept moist and you may have to adjust the location until you find a suitable position for your plant.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  4. Hi Elvira

    Thanks for visiting Plantbook.

    Most Plectranthus species have scented foliage with varying strengths. You’ll have to check this at your local nursery.

    They require moderate watering but note that the quantity of water will depend on your soil and the temperature. As a general rule, established plants can be watered once a week in summer. Remember that adding compost to your soil will increase the soil’s moisture retention which will allow you to reduce watering frequency and duration.

    Flourish!
    Glenice

  5. Are there variants that do not have aromatic leaves? And how much do you water it? (South Africa, Johannesburg)

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