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Plectranthus zuluensis
Plectranthus zuluensis
Plectranthus zuluensis

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Plectranthus zuluensis

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(Zulu Spurflower) Heavily veined, green foliage with burgundy stems forms a sharp contrast with Zulu Spurflower's whorls of pale violet, tubular flowers. The large, oval-shaped leaves of this heat-resistant plant have tooth-like, serrated edges.
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Common name This is the non-scientific name used for a plant. A plant may have several common names, depending on the gardener's location. To further confuse the matter, a common name may be shared by several completely different plants. At Flowers by the Sea, we rely on the scientific name to identify our plants and avoid confusion. Zulu Spurflower
USDA Zones The U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones indicate the temperature zones where a plant is likely to thrive. It is determined by the average annual winter minimum temperature. Actual winter temperatures may be higher or lower than the average. 9 - 11
Size (h/w/fh) The anticipated mature size of the plant: Height, Width & Flower Height. 18"/36"/48"
Exposure This is the average amount of sunlight that a plant needs to thrive. Generally, full sun exposure is 6 or more hours of direct sun daily while partial shade is less than 4 hours of sun or dappled shade all day. Plants may tolerate more sunlight in cooler climates and need afternoon shade in extremely hot climates. Full sun to partial shade
Soil type This is the kind of soil that a plant needs to thrive. Most plants require a well-drained soil that allows the water to soak into the soil without becoming soggy. Sandy and clay soils can be improved by digging in compost to improve drainage. Any well drained
Water needs Plants have specific water requirements. Water loving means the plant needs regular watering to keep the soil moist. Average generally indicates applying 1 inch of water per week, or watering when the soil is dry to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. One inch of water is equal to 5 gallons per square yard of soil surface. Average
Pot size This is the size of the pot your plant will arrive in. All will be well rooted & branched and ready to grow when planted. Our STANDARD pot is 3 1/2 inches across and 4 inches deep and have a volume of 1.0 pints or 473 ml. Standard
Container plant? "Yes" indicates that this plant can be successfully grown as a container plant. Yes
Mature height The mature height of this plant in average conditions. 1 to 2 feet
Mature spread The mature width of this plant in average conditions. 3 to 4 feet
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Easy
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This plant is easy to grow in a variety of conditions.
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(Zulu Spur Flower) Heavily veined, green foliage with burgundy stems forms a sharp contrast with Zulu Spurflower's whorls of pale violet, tubular flowers. The large, oval-shaped leaves of this heat-resistant plant have tooth-like, serrated edges.

Tall and softly shrubby, this Plectranthus is native to South Africa\'s eastern coast stretching north to the KwaZulu-Natal provinces. In its native forest setting, it grows on shady hillsides or in deep gorges along stream banks. So, although drought tolerant, Zulu Spur Flower thrives with regular watering based on local conditions.

In warm zones, where it is a tender perennial that may return annually, it is useful as a groundcover, border or edging where erect form is needed. In USDA Cold Hardiness Zones with frosty winters, it is a fine houseplant or outdoor annual. Give it well-drained soil rich in humus.

Zulu Spur Flower was introduced to horticulture in 1934 and entered cultivation at South Africa\'s Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in 1977. Plant development can be such a slow process as exemplified by the fact that this Plectranthus was first collected by English naturalist and traveler William Tyrer Gerrard (1831-1866). Gerrard\'s passion for plant exploration eventually caused him to die from a complication of malaria called blackwater fever.

In Greek, plectron means spur and anthosis flower. So the genus name, Plectranthus, means spur flower and is related to the tiny spur at the base of blossoms in some species. French botanist Charles Louis L'Heritier de Brutelle named the genus in 1788 after observing one species. Despite few Plectranthus having spurs, many species are commonly called Spur Flowers.