Plectranthus nitidus – Silver Plectranthus

This attractive plant is a low growing mounding perennial that can grow to a low shrub if left unpruned. With its silvery coloured and felty textured leaves, it makes a lovely contrast plant in the garden and landscape, and will do well in full shade to  more sunny positions. The silver leaves have a purple underside, adding to the attractiveness. It has spikes of small blue to lilac flowers in late summer to autumn. If it gets too leggy it responds well to pruning.

Plectranthus nitidus is a threatened species in its natural habitat in northern NSW and southern Queensland, but the ease of propagation and good garden habit will hopefully assure its future.

Scientific Name:Plectranthus nitidus
Family:Lamiaceae
Common Name:Silver Plectranthus
Other Common Names:Nightcap Plectranthus
Plant Type:Small shrub, Clumping perennial
Height:0.3 ~ 1.5 metres
Width:0.3 ~ 1 metre
Flower Colour:White, Blue
Flowering Time:Summer, Autumn
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Cottage garden, Coastal garden
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Light shade, Half shade, Heavy shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading, Mound-shaped
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed, Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Groundcover, Attractive foliage
Special Uses:Pipe and drain friendly, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Butterflies, Other insects

Neutrog Bush Tucker & medal

Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertilizer for this plant.

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