Day and night temperatures of 50-80°F are fine year round. These individuals are today’s movers and shakers who are already setting the pace for tomorrow. My picks for best flowering formsinclude Mona Lavender, of course, but also P. ecklonii and P. ecklonii ‘Erma’ which are shrub-like reaching 5-6 feet in thelandscape, and flowering purple and pink, respectively. Lobster Flower (Plectranthus neochilus variegata): A velvety ground cover plant with gorgeous, variegated foliage.The green and cream striped leaves are thin and long with a scalloped margin. Coleus neochilus (previously Plectranthus neochilus), known as the Smelly Spur Flower, is a hardy, versatile, low growing shrub or ground-cover suitable for both semi-shade and full sun water-wise gardens. Both forms of P. zuluensis that we had in the trial were stunning, but it tookthem over 90 days to get into flower, I’m hoping that is just heat delaybecause they have really come on strong since we started to get cooler nights.The last plant on the list was a surprise; it was ‘Zulu Wonder’ fromEuroAmerican Propagators; this foliage form came out with 12- to 14-inch spikesof pale lavender pink and is incredible when it is in bloom. Very often adult plectranthus is replaced with young plants, resuming from cuttings. Please contact me so I can tell you how the plants are doing! Lobster flower is indigenous and native to the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo. In the summer it can be carried out on the balcony or planted in the garden. Here, we showcase the ‘Pietersburg’ form. Very often adult plectranthus is replaced … Get one year of Greenhouse Product News in both print and digital editions for free. Beautiful as a house plant or in a garden: They grow into a shrub-like shape and look wonderful in hanging planters. Winter and summer watering is moderate. It will produce a blue/purple flower. Good drainage is required. An attractive low-growing and spreading groundcover with grey-green succulent leaves. Flowers are purple blue inflorescent spikes. It grows well in sunny positions and will tolerate light shade. So lesson number one:The longer the day length, the longer the plants grow vegetative. It can be taken for the composition of their own making: 1 part leaf, 1 part coarse sand or perlite, 1 part peat. There were several cultivars that never bloomed. The shade plants always look better. Plectranthus neochilus (Lobster Flower) | World of Succulents Average. Pinch as needed to keep bushy and compact in annual containers or beds. A rare beauty, Plectranthus Neochilus aka Lobster Flower or Fuzzy Wuzzy plant. Perennial plant, but requires periodic renewal. Don’t forget P. madagascariensis, the variegated trailing type, with green and whiteleaves; it is a must in most mixed containers. Box 128 Without flower initiation you getlong, straight stems and a tall, irregular habit. The Plec thrives in arid, inhospitable verges, on exposed, rocky ground and dry gardens. Plectranthus neochilus Schltr. Blossoms more often in the summer, forms nondescript inflorescences-spikelets. In autumn, purplish-blue, lobster- like in appearance flowers are carried in fairly dense, elongated spikes. Gray-green, rounded, slightly scalloped leaves are attractive, but the skunk-like aroma carries for quite a distance on hot, sunny days. Smelly Spur Flower Overview. Plectranthus neochilus has purple-blue small spur flowers and rounded, slightly scalloped gray-green, fragrant foliage. There are long- and short-day forms in nature, so breedersmay be able to bring more of the great qualities plectranthus offer without thephotoperiod issues sometime in the future. . 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