Plectranthus parviflorus ‘Blue Spires’ – Spur Flower

A low compact herbaceous sub-shrub with aromatic green and white variegated foliage. Intense blue-lilac, strongly perfumed flowers extend along leafy stems in spires 30-60cm long and attract butterflies and native bees. Use as a border and mixed amongst other cottage garden plants. Beautiful in container or hanging basket. A useful plant for a sunny spot as well as difficult, very shady areas. The variegated leaves will brighten dark areas and it will flower in shade too.

Family:Lamiaceae
Scientific Name:Plectranthus parviflorus
Cultivar:Blue Spires
Common Name:Spur Flower
Plant Type:Ground cover
Height:0.4 ~ 0.5 metres
Width:0.3 ~ 0.4 metres
Flower Colour:Blue
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer, Autumn
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade, Heavy shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading, Mound-shaped, Variegated
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Groundcover, Feature plant, Fragrant, Border plant, Attractive foliage
Special Uses:Fast growing, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies, Other insects

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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