Plectranthus forsteri 'Marginatus'
- Common Name(s):
- Swedish ivy
- Annuals, Groundcover, Perennials
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.
- Summer, winter
- Partial shade
- Grown for bright green foliage with ruffled white edges
- 12-24 in.
- 18 in.
- Zones 10-11
- 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.
- Pale pink to white tubular, two-lipped, in 6" racemes; blooms in June and July. Not showy.
- 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.
- Pale pink to white
- Upright, spreading
- Stem cuttings
- Full sun to partial shade
- Rich, dry to medium moisture
NCCES plant id: 124