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Plectranthus ecklonii

   (Family: Lamiaceae)
Afrikaans: Groot spoorsalie  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 3m
Rarity Status:
Preferred rainfall: Summer
Preferred position:
Biome: Forest
Flowering time EDIT
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Flower colours
Flower shape
Flower type
  Flower info
  The inflorescence is a terminal panicle to 370 mm long. The two-lipped corolla is 15-24 mm long, bluish-purple, rarely pink or white with a straight tube.
Leaf shape EDIT
Leaf arrangement
Leaf size 74 - 190mm
  Leaf info EDIT
  The leaves are arranged in opposite pairs on the square stems, the latter with tufts of purplish hairs along the nodes. The ovate to ellilptical leaves are fairly large 74-190 x 35-115 mm bearing a wedge shaped base and acute apex.
Fruit type EDIT
  Seed info EDIT
  The plant has small nutlets which are 2 mm, black or dark brown.
Description EDIT
Soft, erect, fast growing shrub to 3 metres tall.
An attractive and popular garden subject. Mass planting of the blue, white and pink cultivars are very striking.

There are three available cultivars.

P. ecklonii 'Medley-Wood' the common garden cultivar with blue flowers.
P. ecklonii 'Tommy', with white flowers.
P. ecklonii 'Erma', with pink flowers.
Growing EDIT
Best grown in partial shade.
It is recommended for gardens where frost is not too severe.
It will flower profusely the first season after planting. Plant about 60 cm apart. Prune back hard after flowering during midwinter.

Easily propagated from cuttings or seed.
Cuttings should be about 15-20 cm long, with the top leaves kept. Keep moist and rooting is rapid. Cuttings can also be rooted in sand or other appropriate cutting medium. The best time to take cuttings is spring or summer. Keep them in a shady, but well lit terrain.

Seeds can be planted in a shallow standard seed tray in standard soil. Cover with a thin layer of sand (1-2 mm) and keep moist. Keep in a shady but well lit environment. Germination is rapid and the seedlings can be planted out in individual bags as soon as they are large enough to handle.
Distribution EDIT
Wide distribution from Somerset east in the Eastern Cape to Barberton in Mpumalanga. It is confined to moist coastal subtropical and afrotemperate Forest and forest margins. Rainfall is mainly during summer ranging between 1 000 and 1 750 mm per annum.
History EDIT
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