Plectranthus oertendahlii

Plectranthus oertendahlii
Plectranthus oertendahlii

Common names: silverleaf spurflower, Swedish ivy, Oertendahl's spurflower, November lights (English). 
Botanical name: Plectranthus oertendahlii

The silver-leaf spurflower, Plectranthus oertendahlii, is a striking plant with silver-veined leaves and small white flowers that grows in the shaded forests of southern KwaZulu-Natal and Pondoland. It is a popular house plant and groundcover that can brighten up any shady spot. It attracts insects such as bees, butterflies and flies with its short-tubed flowers. It has been grown in Europe since the 1920s, but its wild origin was only discovered in 1936. It is easy to propagate from cuttings and seeds, and prefers well-composted, well-drained soil and regular water in summer. It is also known as the silver plectranthus or the candle plant.

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Family: Lamiaceae
Type: ground cover
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