Plectranthus ernstii

Plectranthus ernstii

Spurflower

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Plectranthus ernstii
  • Common name: Spurflower
  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial, Evergreen
Flower colour:

Purple

White

Foliage colour:

Green

Plectranthus is a genus of annuals, perennials and shrubs, nearly all of which are native to the Southern Hemisphere, including sub-Saharan Africa, India, Madagascar and Australia. Given these warm origins, most Plectranthus are frost-tender, so can be moved outdoors in the warmer months but will require winter protection. Some Plectranthus make good houseplants.

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Plectranthus ernstii is a small evergreen species with swollen, succulent stems and white and purple flower spikes in the summer months. As it’s frost tender, you can grow it in a container that can be easily moved indoors or outdoors when needed.

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For best results, grow Plectranthus ernstii in full sun or partial shade in humus-rich, well-drained soil. It can be grown outdoors in the summer months, but will require frost protection the rest of the year.

How to grow Plectranthus ernstii

  • Plant size

    25cm height

    25cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do Plant in July

Do Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Take cuttings
Take cuttings

Do not Take cuttings in January

Do not Take cuttings in February

Do not Take cuttings in March

Do not Take cuttings in April

Do not Take cuttings in May

Do not Take cuttings in June

Do Take cuttings in July

Do Take cuttings in August

Do Take cuttings in September

Do Take cuttings in October

Do not Take cuttings in November

Do not Take cuttings in December

Plectranthus ernstii and wildlife

Plectranthus ernstii is known for attracting bees. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Plectranthus ernstii poisonous?

Plectranthus ernstii has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Plectranthus ernstii