Plectranthus fruticosus (Forest Spurflower, Pink Fly Bush, Spoorsalie, Muishondblaar, Cabhozi)

Indigenous

  • Description.  The Forest Spurflower is a fast-growing soft-wooded shrub, with large softly textured heart shaped leaves (tinged purple beneath), that produces masses of attractive pyramidal spikes of pink or bluish-mauve flowers. Stems rubbed on windowsills repel flies. Plant it groups of 3-5, in partial shade under large trees or on the shady side of a house in light well-drained compost-enriched soil. Remember that Plectranthus are forest plants and required plenty of humus and leafmould for their fine roots so always add extra compost and leafmould when planting them. Mulch well and water copiously in summer. Very attractive when mass planted to form a ground cover in a shady corner. Cut the plant back after flowering to encourage new growth. In humid coastal conditions this plant can tolerate a little sun.
  • 1 m x 1 m.
  • Partial or full shade
  • Small rounded shrub
  • Evergreen
  • Half hardy
  • Requires lots of water
  • Attracts butterflies
  • Wind resistant
  • Flowering time – December to February