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Plectranthus parviflorus is often confused with:
Episcia cupreata Episcia cupreata 'Silver Sheen'
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Phlox subulata Phlox subulata
Ocimum basilicum Ocimum basilicum
Thymus vulgaris Thymus vulgaris

Little Spurflower Plectranthus parviflorus

Previously known as:

  • Plectranthus australis
Phonetic Spelling
plek-TRAN-thus par-vi-FLOR-us
Description

Plectranthus is a member of Lamiaceae (mint family). Known as little spurflower or cockspur flower, Plectranthus parviflorus is an erect pubescent perennial that grows 2-3' tall, occurring in Hawaii, Polynesia and Australia. It has square stems and is decumbent. This plant is popular in hanging baskets. It survives in dry air, and withstands occasional dry periods. It is utilized as ground covers because it roots easily. Plectranthus oertandahlii has leaves with prominent veins that are whitish and edged in reddish-purple above and below. Plectranthus coleoides has the largest leaves and are green with broad whitish margins. This plant prefers average warmth and a temperature minimum of 50 degrees. It prefers semi-shade to bright light, but avoid direct sunlight. It prefers moist compost, but reduce watering in winter and mist leaves occasionally. 

Quick ID Hints:

  • Herb with square twigs, broadly ovate opposite leaves
  • Leaves rugose, pubescent, crenate
  • Verticillate racemes with crowded zygomorphic purple flowers
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Tags:
#purple#perennial#purple flowers#nuts#herb garden#small flowers#fantz#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#purple#perennial#purple flowers#nuts#herb garden#small flowers#fantz#non-toxic for horses#non-toxic for dogs#non-toxic for cats
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Plectranthus
    Species:
    parviflorus
    Family:
    Lamiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Lesser Sunda Islands to Pacific
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Drought, wind and heat tolerant
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Ground Cover
    Habit/Form:
    Spreading
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Nut
    Fruit Description:
    Fruits are groups of 4 nutlets within persistent calyx.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Winter
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are small, zygomorphic, and pale purple. Calyx is campanulare and 5-toothed. Corolla is 3 times longer than the calyx, and 2-lipped (upper lip is 3-4 lobed while the lower lip is concave). Inflorescence is a verticillate raceme to 8' long with short internodes. Flowers are crowded.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Obtuse
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Crenate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are opposite, fleshy, broadly ovate, obtusely crenate, rugose, and green.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Hanging Baskets
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Foot Traffic