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Plectranthus 'Mona Lavender'

Description

Mona Lavender is a herbaceous perennial in the mint family and is a hybrid of 2 southern African parents. This is a small shrub reaching 1-2 feet tall and wide. In NC it is grown as a houseplant. The lavender 2-lipped flowers have specks of purple and appear on spikes of purple stems. This plant starts blooming when the days get shorter in fall and will often bloom into spring. The shiny dark green leaves are ornamental with purple undersides. Pinch the stems to maintain a bushy rounded form.

Mona Lavender prefers partial shade in humusy moist soil with good drainage. Grow indoors or place outside in spring where it can receive morning sun to full shade and where you can enjoy the blooms and ornamental foliage. 

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Plectranthus
    Family:
    Lamiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South Africa
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Erect
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    10b, 10a, 11b, 11a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Winter
    Flower Shape:
    Lipped
    Tubular
    Flower Petals:
    2-3 rays/petals
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Showy 2-lipped lavender flowers with specks of purple occur on spikes of purple stems.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Feel:
    Glossy
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Glossy dark green leaves have purple undersides. Margins toothed.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Square
    Stem Surface:
    Smooth (glabrous)
    Stem Description:
    Purple stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Houseplants
    Patio