Mock Lavender

Plectranthus neochilus


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Mock lavender is a perennial ground cover, with fleshy leaves and an aromatic fragrance that deter snakes, mosquitoes and insects. In the colder months of winter it will prolifically flower stretching the tall purple flower stalks.
Such a versatile plant can be used indoor/outdoor, ground cover, hanging basket or in a single pot.

There are around 350 species of Plectranthus around the world, mainly in tropical Africa, Asia and Australasia. Many of these are cultivated as ornamental shrublets both for their striking fuzzy foliage and decorative flowers. Leaves are arranged in opposite pairs on many branches, together with purple, pink, white or blue flowers in compact clusters.

Favoured for cool greenhouses, conservatories, sunny borders and in containers and hanging baskets, many of the species are fast-growing and easy to care for. They often feature attractive, scented, soft-textured foliage with toothed or wavy edges. The genus includes annuals, evergreen perennials and semi-succulents. All Plectranthus like regular watering during their active growth period but just moistness during dormancy. Soil should be well-drained and of moderate fertility, and the plant should be located in a position of dappled shade outdoors, or somewhere indoors with full light but protection from the sun.