Plectranthus ciliatus is a beautiful and versatile evergreen perennial plant native to South Africa and Eswatini. It's known for its cascading or sprawling habit, making it a popular choice for hanging baskets, window boxes, and groundcovers.
Supplied in a 11cm pot 20 to 30cm high
Leaves: The main attraction of Plectranthus ciliatus is its lush foliage. The leaves are typically ovate or rounded, with scalloped edges and a glossy surface. They come in a variety of shades, including green, yellow, and purple, often with contrasting veins or variegation. The undersides of the leaves are usually a deeper shade of purple or red.
Flowers: While the foliage is the star of the show, Plectranthus ciliatus does produce delicate flowers in late summer or early fall. The flowers are small and tubular, usually white or pale purple, and borne in clusters at the ends of the stems.
Stems: The stems of Plectranthus ciliatus are slender and trailing, often tinged with purple. They can grow up to several feet in length, depending on the variety and growing conditions.
Growing Plectranthus ciliatus:
Light: Plectranthus ciliatus prefers bright, indirect sunlight. Too much direct sun can scorch the leaves, while too little light can lead to leggy growth.
Soil: It thrives in well-draining, fertile soil. A potting mix for African violets or a mixture of potting soil, perlite, and sand works well.
Watering: Water regularly, keeping the soil evenly moist but not soggy. Allow the top inch of soil to dry slightly between waterings.
Temperature: Plectranthus ciliatus is frost-tender, so it's best grown as an indoor plant in colder climates. It prefers temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
Fertilizing: Fertilize lightly once a month during the growing season with a balanced liquid fertilizer.
Uses of Plectranthus ciliatus:
Hanging baskets and window boxes: The cascading habit of Plectranthus ciliatus makes it perfect for hanging baskets and window boxes. Its colorful foliage will add a touch of beauty to any indoor space.
Groundcovers: In frost-free climates, Plectranthus ciliatus can be used as a groundcover. It will quickly form a dense mat of foliage that helps suppress weeds.
Containers: Plectranthus ciliatus can also be grown in containers on patios and decks. Just be sure to bring it indoors before the first frost.