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Plectranthus verticillatus

Plectranthus verticillatus groundcover
Common names: gossip spurflower, money plant, (Eng.); skindersalie (Afr).
Family: Lamiaceae

Plectranthus verticillatus is a perennial semi-succulent ground cover native to woodland and forest margins in southeast Africa. It has long been a popular...

26 / 07 / 2010 | S Khanyile | KwaZulu-Natal NBG
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Plectranthus venteri

Plectranthus venteri
Common names: Sekukuni spurflower (Eng.); sekoekoeniespoorsalie (Afr.)
Family: Lamiaceae

A relatively new species to horticulture, Plectranthus venteri is a uniquely aromatic, sun-loving, water-wise Plectranthus....

30 / 04 / 2018 | Monique Mcquillan | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Plectranthus tenuicaulis

Plectranthus tenuicaulis
Common names: Angolan blue coleus (Eng.); Angola blouspoorsalie (Afr.)
Family: Lamiaceae

Plectranthus tenuicaulis is an aromatic shrub with panicles of dark blue flowers in autumn and winter, from the southwestern highlands of Angola. Easily...

08 / 10 / 2018 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Plectranthus swynnertonii

Plant in flower
Common names: Swynnerton's spur flower, cress spur flower; Debengeni spoorsalie (Afr.)
Family: Lamiaceae

Plectranthus swynnertonii is an attractive, fast growing late summer to winter flowering herbaceous perennial that will thrive in a moist frost-free...

07 / 04 / 2014 | Monique Mcquillan | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Plectranthus strigosus

Great in a hanging basket
Common names: dwarf spurflower; dwerg spoorsalie (Afr.)
Family: Lamiaceae

A dainty and delicate ground cover for shade gardens or hanging baskets....

21 / 04 / 2014 | Adam Harrower | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Plectranthus saccatus

Plectranthus saccatus
Common names: stoep jacaranda, porch jacaranda (Eng.); stoepjakaranda, sak-spoorsalie (Afr.)
Family: Lamiaceae

This is one of the more popular and well-known of the Plectranthus or spurflowers. It is known for its pretty flowers which are larger than those...

18 / 03 / 2002 | Alice Aubrey | Walter Sisulu NBG
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Plectranthus reflexus

Plectranthus reflexus
Common names: ballerina spurflower; ballerina spoorsalie (Afr.)
Family: Lamiaceae

An attractive, unusual and rare shade plant for pots or shade gardens....

06 / 05 / 2014 | Adam Harrower | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Plectranthus oertendahlii

In flower
Common names: silverleaf spurflower, Swedish ivy, Oertendahl's spurflower, November lights ( Eng. ); silwerspoorsalie, bontblaarspoorsalie (Afr.)
Family: Lamiaceae

Plectranthus oertendahlii is a lovely shade-loving groundcover and very striking potplant with silver variegated leaves that are beautiful throughout the...

05 / 05 / 2008 | Liesl Van der Walt | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Plectranthus neochilus

Plectranthus neochilus
Common names: smelly spur flower, lobster flower (Eng.); rotstuinsalie (Afr.)
Family: Lamiaceae

This is a hardy, versatile herbaceous perennial, suitable both for shady subtropical and sunny water-wise gardens....

31 / 05 / 2004 | T Mukoma | Lowveld NBG
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Plectranthus madagascariensis

Plectranthus madascariensis 'Lynne'
Common names: thicket spurflower, Madagascar spurflower, candle plant (Eng.); ruigte spoorsalie, Madagaskarmuishondblaar (Afr.); iboza lehlathi, ilozane (isiZulu)
Family: Lamiaceae

A robust, water-wise and attractive garden plant that will reliably provide colour in the garden....

09 / 06 / 2014 | Adam Harrower | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Plectranthus lucidus

Plectranthus lucidus
Common names: shiny spurflower (Eng.); blinkblaar spoorsalie (Afr.)
Family: Lamiaceae

A fast-growing, resilient, shade-loving groundcover, recommended for coastal gardens....

23 / 04 / 2018 | Monique Mcquillan | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Plectranthus laxiflorus

Plectranthus laxiflorus
Common names: citronella spurflower (Eng.); sitrinella spoorsalie (Afr.); ubebebe (isiXhosa)
Family: Lamiaceae

An erect, easy-to-grow, aromatic, herbaceous shrub with decorative, light green foliage, suitable for planting in humid, moist and slightly shaded areas...

24 / 06 / 2019 | Mpendulo Gabayi | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Plectranthus hadiensis

Plectranthus hadiensis var. hadiensis
Common names: hairy spurflower; harige spoorsalie (Afr.); ilozane (isiXhosa); imbozisa (Zulu)
Family: Lamiaceae

Plectranthus hadiensis var. hadiensis is an attractive perennial shrub with decorative foliage, suitable for planting in humid,moist and lightly shaded...

02 / 06 / 2014 | Mpendulo Gabayi | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Plectranthus grandidentatus

Leaves and flower spike
Common names: scented-leaved spurflower, big toothed spurflower (Eng.); groottand spoorsalie (Afr.)
Family: Lamiaceae

Plectranthus grandidentatus is a trailing perennial groundcover with attractive toothed foliage and a flush of white flowers in autumn, ideal for a moist...

19 / 12 / 2011 | Kyle Smith | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Plectranthus fruticosus 'Liana'

Common names: Liana spurflower (Eng.); muishondblaar (Afr.)
Family: Lamiaceae

A striking new cultivar with blue-mauve flowers for shade or semi-sun that will tolerate frost....

24 / 05 / 2010 | Adam Harrower | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Plectranthus fruticosus 'James'

Beds of Plectranthus fruticosus 'James'
Common names: Pink Spur Flower (E), Muishondblaar (A), Vlieëbos (A)
Family: Lamiaceae

Walking up the Camphor Avenue at Kirstenbosch during autumn it is difficult to miss the striking pink beds of Plectranthus fruticosus 'James'.Beds...

22 / 04 / 2002 | Norma Jodamus | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Plectranthus ernstii

Plectranthus ernstii
Common names: bonsai mint; bonsai spurflower (Eng.), bonsai-spoorsalie, kransworsies (Afr.)
Family: Lamiaceae

Plectranthus ernstii is a slow growing, semi-succulent perennial with swollen stems and a compact habit that resembles a bonsai, ideal for pot plants...

20 / 02 / 2012 | Andrew Hankey | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Plectranthus ecklonii

All three forms of Plectranthus ecklonii
Common names: tall spurflower, Ecklon's plectranthus (Eng.); groot spoorsalie, Ecklon spoorsalie (Afr.)
Family: Lamiaceae

A fast-growing shrubby perennial with showy spikes of pink, blue or white flowers in autumn, ideal for shade or semi-shade....

26 / 03 / 2001 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Plectranthus ciliatus

PLectranthus ciliatus
Common names: speckled spur-flower, eyelash spur-flower, white wild sage; gespikkelde muishondblaar, wimperspoorsalie (Afr.); lephele-phele (Sesotho); umsuthuza (is
Family: Lamiaceae

With its attractive white to light purple-pink flowers and ornamental foliage, this species is a pleasure for any moist subtropical garden, ideal for hanging...

23 / 09 / 2013 | B Busch | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Plectranthus ambiguus

Plectranthus ambiguus
Common names: pincushion spurflower ( Eng. ); speldekussing spoorsalie (Afr.); iboza elincane (Zulu)
Family: Lamiaceae

 Plectranthus ambiguus brings soft green foliage and a splash of vivid violet-purple during autumn to shady areas in the garden, and it is easy...

30 / 04 / 2007 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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