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|
|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|
|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:||Fast growing, Playground friendly|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Butterflies, Other insects|
Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for this plant.