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Plectranthus forsteri 'Marginatus'

Common Name(s):
Swedish ivy
Categories:
Annuals, Groundcover, Perennials
Comment:

An attractive herbaceous perennial with variegated fragrant leaves in the Lamiaceae family.  The leaves emit a mild citrus fragrance when bruised.  In cold climates it is typically grown as a container annual.  It is drought tolerant once established.  It also may be grown as a houseplant in bright, mostly sunny exposures.

Seasons of Interest:

  Foliage: Winter    Bloom: Summer, June-July

Wildlife Value:  This plant is seldom damaged by deer.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No serious problems. Watch for mealybugs, scale and mites. Plants may be aggressive in the garden in frost-free areas.

Season:
Summer, winter
Light:
Partial shade
Color:
Grown for bright green foliage with ruffled white edges
Height:
12-24 in.
Space:
18 in.
Hardiness:
Zones 10-11
Foliage:
4" long, scallop-edged, light green leaves. Variegated with creamy white margins on reddish upright stems that eventually lay down and trail along the ground as they get older.
Flower:
Pale pink to white tubular, two-lipped, in 6" racemes; blooms in June and July. Not showy.
Site:
Prefers rich, humusy, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in part shade. Best performance occurs in part shade or sun dappled areas with regular and even moisture. Avoid poorly drained clay soils.
Size:
Pale pink to white
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Upright, spreading
Propagation:
Stem cuttings
Exposure:
Full sun to partial shade
Soil:
Rich, dry to medium moisture
Tags:
houseplant, annual, drought tolerant, fragrant leaves, foliage, container, partial shade, house plant, variegate, winter interest

NCCES plant id: 124

Plectranthus forsteri 'Marginatus' Variegated foliage
David Stang, CC BY-SA - 4.0