Plectranthus ambiguus

Plectranthus ambiguus

Common Names

Plectranthus (english)
iboza elincane (zulu)


Genus Plectranthus
Species ambiguus
SA Plant Number
Basionym Plectranthus ambiguus


Plectranthus ambiguus is a hardy shrublet with large thinly hairy olive green leaves.

The flower spikes have densely congested long narrow tubular flowers in a beautiful shade of pale purple in March and April.

Plant in shade or semi-shade and prune back hard before the new seasons growth to keep it looking neat and encourage flowering the following season. A good garden and container plant that attracts insects and butterflies to the garden.

It prefers cooler conditions and does not tolerate heat well.

Plant in well-composted soil.

Used in traditional medicine.

Size 25 to 90cm


Pollinating Insects:

Attracts insects and butterflies to the garden.



Gauteng, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu Natal, Eastern Cape

Natural Habitat:

Forest margins


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