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Plectranthus saccatus (Stoep Jacaranda, Stoepjakaranda)

Indigenous

  • Description.  A fast-growing soft-wooded shrub with small light-green leaves. Sprays of delicate pale-purple flowers, the largest of all the South African Plectranthus, appear from midsummer onwards. Mass plant it in light shade under trees to form an excellent and attractive groundcover. Use it to line the front of a border, or plant in groups of 3-5 in partial shade. It also grows very well in a container indoors, next to a north-facing window.
  • 80 cm x 80 cm.
  • Partial shade
  • Small rounded shrub
  • Evergreen
  • Half hardy
  • Moderate water
  • Attracts butterflies
  • Wind resistant
  • Flowering time – Midsummer onwards

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

Plectranthus ecklonii (Large Spurflower Bush, Persmuishondblaar)

Indigenous

  • Description.  The large Spurflower Bush is a soft-wooded shrub with big oval soft-textured dark-green leaves and beautiful tall spikes of purple tubular two-lipped flowers. Pink and white varieties are also available. A traditional remedy prepared from the leaves is used to deal with headaches and hay fever. Mass plant this fast-growing shrub in the shade under trees to form an attractive groundcover. A single strategically placed specimen in a small townhouse garden can be the center of attraction for a couple of weeks in autumn.
  • 1.5 m x 1.5 m.
  • Full sun, partial or full shade
  • Small rounded shrub
  • Evergreen
  • Half hardy
  • Moderate watering
  • Attracts butterflies
  • Wind resistant
  • Flowering time – September to February

Anisodontea scabrosa (subsp. A. julii) (Pink Mallow, Pienk-kiesieblaar, Harigemalva)

Pink Mallow

Indigenous

  • Description.  The Pink Mallow has soft hairy three-lobed leaves that are aromatic and often sticky. Masses of smallish (about 2 cm diameter) pink-mauve flowers, each marked with dark-pink streaks, grace this rewarding free-flowering shrub.
  • 2 m x 1 m.
  • Sun and semi-shade
  • Small shrub
  • Evergreen
  • Frost hardy
  • Moderate watering
  • Attracts butterflies
  • Wind resistant
  • Flowering time – August to March