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Products > Plectranthus verticilatus
Plectranthus verticilatus - Money Plant

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Light Lavender
Bloomtime: Spring/Fall
Height: 1-2 feet
Exposure: Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 30-32 F
Plectranthus verticillatus (Money Plant) A semi-succulent ground cover that forms a dense 4 to 8 inch tall by 2 foot wide mat with attractive 1 inch long soft obovate leaves that are a glossy medium green above and red below with toothed margins. Often year-round, with peaks in spring and fall, appear the white to very pale mauve flowers in whorls on 8 to 12 inch tall inflorescences. Plant in full coastal sun to shade in a fairly well-drained soil and give regular to occasional irrigation. Not very frost tolerant so best in coastal or other winter warmer locations unless some protection is provided - reliably hardy to only short duration temperatures down to around 30 F. This is a nice ground cover, container plant or hanging basket specimen for near frost free gardens. It is native to Knysna through KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo where it grows in woodlands and forest margins. The name Plectranthus verticillatus is often mistakenly used for the common hanging basket plant commonly called Swedish Ivy or Creeping Charlies, but this plant is actually Plectranthus oertendahlii. 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 specific epithet means "whorled' in reference to the inflorescence. Our plants originally from seed received from the National Botanic Garden at Kirstenbosch, South Africa.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have observed it in. We also will incorporate comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that might aid others in growing Plectranthus verticilatus.