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Products > Plectranthus forsteri 'Aureus Variegatus'
Plectranthus forsteri 'Aureus Variegatus'
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Variegated Foliage: Yes
Synonyms: [Coleus fosteri 'Green on Green']
Height: 2-4 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Light Shade/Part Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32 F
Plectranthus forsteri 'Aureus Variegatus' - Bushy small herbaceous subshrub to 2 feet tall and 4 feet wide with attractive foliage that is velvety-pubescent with irregular creamy white crenately-toothed margins.

Will grow in coastal full sun but looks best in light shade. Hardy to 28 F. and tolerant of moderate to very little water. A great plant for part sun where it can brighten up a dark spot in the garden.

Plectrancthus fosteri is a species that grows in the South Pacific from New Caledonia to Tonga and this name has always been suspect, but Plectranthus forsteri 'Aureus Variegatus' seems to be what most call this plant, though we have also noted the cultivar name 'Green on Green' used as well. Whatever it is, it is a nice plant that somewhat resembles Plectrancthus coleoides marginatus, but differs in having larger leaves that are less pointed.

The name for the genus comes from the Greek words 'plektron' meaning a "spur" and 'anthos' meaning "flower" in reference to the spur that is found at the base of the corolla tube of the type species Plectranthus fruticosus. The most recent treatment of this plant has it currently considered to be a species of the closely related genus Coleus but as not to confuse our customers and employees, we continue to list this plant as a Plectranthus until such time as this change is better recognized. It has also been pointed out that by ruling of the International Code of Nomenclature for Cultivated Plants that Latinized cultivar names are not valid names for plants named after January 1, 1959, but we have yet to determine how old this 'Aureus Variegatus' name is and if in fact it existed prior to this date it would be considered a conserved valid Latinized name. Since it is also the name that we received this plant by, we continue to use it. 

This information about Plectranthus forsteri 'Aureus Variegatus' displayed on this web page is based on research we have conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations we have made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens visited, as well how our crops have performed in containers in the nursery field. Where appropriate, we will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing this plant.