Stachys aethiopica inflorescence and leaves

Stachys aethiopica Katpisbossie (afrikaans)African Stachys (english)Bokhatha (sesotho)

Taxonomy

Family LAMIACEAE
Genus Stachys
Specie aethiopica
SA Plant Number
Basionym Stachys aethiopica

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Description

Stachys aethiopica is a hardy, evergreen, spreading groundcover with beautiful pale green almost quilted leaves.

It bears spikes of small, white tubular flowers mainly in spring but with a few flowers almost all year round.  They attract a myriad of tiny insects to the garden which provide food for lizards and frogs.

An attractive groundcover that grows in both sun and shade.  Prune lightly and regularly to keep in shape.  As this is a widespread species it is variable and the form that we grow is not rampant but rather stays in neat little clusters. Plant in well-drained soil in hanging baskets, along borders or in containers.

Used medicinally.

Size 25 to 35cm

Wildlife

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Distribution

KwaZulu Natal, Free State, Eastern Cape, Western Cape
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