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Plectranthus ciliatus flowers leaves reddish purple underside

Plectranthus ciliatus

Gespikkelde Muishondblaar (afrikaans)
Speckled Spur Flower (english)
White Wild Sage (english)
Umsuthuza (zulu)
Lephele-phele (sesotho)


Genus Plectranthus
Specie ciliatus
SA Plant Number
Basionym Plectranthus ciliatus

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Plectranthus ciliatus is a outstanding fairly hardy, evergreen groundcover with attractive quilted leaves that have purple undersides and purple stems.

It has spikes of white or mauve flowers from September to May, that attract insects and butterflies to the garden. In lightly shaded areas this attractive groundcover provides colour with its maroon-purple leaves all year round and white or mauve flowers in season.

Plant in containers or hanging baskets as well as in the open ground.

Plant in a shady to semi-shade spot, in well-composted soil with adequate water and prune back lightly after flowering.

Formerly used to wash sheepskin garments and other clothing.

Size Up to 60cm




Western Cape, KwaZulu Natal, Mpumalanga, Swaziland

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