Friday, April 17, 2009

Plectranthus argentatus

Plectranthus argentatus growing in front of Sansevieria trifasciata 'Silver Sheen'
Plectranthus argentatus leaf detail

This native plant from Queensland really needs no introduction as it widely grown and is a popular plant where a splash of silver is required to brighten shady garden corners .It is also an excellent contrast plant with black eg Mondo Grass or the red of New Guinea Impatiens. It usually reaches about 60 cm in height and sprawls about to at least a metre.. It is easily propagated by cuttings, so easy in fact, any prunings left on the ground after cutting back the bush ,may sprout roots and grow where you drop them. The cultivar 'Silver Shield' is worth seeking out as it retains a more compact growth habit and is less tall ,reaching about 40cm.
2017 update: I grow both forms and have stock ready on a regular basis. Call 0412-123-240 for more details.

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