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Plectranthus fruticosus

The forest spur-flower is a fast growing soft-wooded shrub, with largely soft textured heart-shaped leaves that are toothed which produces masses of attractive pyramidal spikes of pink or bluish-mauve flowers.

The larvae of certain butterflies feed on this plant and rubbing the stems of this plant on windowsills repel flies.

Plectranthus comes from the Greek plektron meaning a spur and anthos, flower; referring to the spur that is found at the base of the corolla tube of the type species for the genus while fruticosus means shrubby or bushy, which refers to its growing habit.

Family Name:
Common Name:
- Forest Spur flower (Eng.); Muishondblaar (Afr.)
Plant Height:
2 m
Flower Colour:
Pink Purple
Flowering Time:
October, November, December, January, February, March, April, May, June