Plectranthus ‘Mona Lavender’ is a versatile coloured feature plant that flourishes in those traditionally hard-to-plant shaded areas. Known as the shade lover, ‘Mona Lavender’ likes semi-shade in locations protected from frost. It provides a wonderful solution for sheltered patios, covered entertainment areas and other shady areas such as low light gardens. Its compact habit makes it ideal as a border for mass planting with colourful foliage along pathways and drives, and in containers or as a pot or basket specimen in covered areas.
The ‘Mona Lavender’ does not spread like other Plectranthus varieties. Instead, it forms a neat, low shrub with an upright, erect habit.
The striking tubular flowers with spikes of lavender appear from late summer through to autumn. These flowers are beautifully offset by the glossy, ornamental foliage of deep green leaves with an underside of dark purple, another distinctive feature of this attractive plant.
Prefers a moist, well-drained soil. Fertilise with a slow release fertiliser during early spring. A light pruning after flowering will help to maintain a neat shape and encourage denser growth of foliage.
This standout variety is well worth the consideration.
Aspect: Full shade and full sun/part shade. Choose a shaded to semi-shaded location with moist but well drained soil. Does not tolerate frosts or temperatures below 2ºc.
|Height: 0.6 to 0.8m, Width: 0.6m
|Originates from South Africa. Bred at Kirstenbosh Botanical Garden in Capetown.
|Pests & diseases
|Rare pest problems can include whiteflies, aphids and red spider mites during summer months. Diseases include leaf spots, stem rots and root rots.