Zulu spur­flower

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(Plec­tran­thus zu­lu­en­sis)

This indige­nous shrub with its pale blue flow­ers is per­fect for a shady spot. It grows eas­ily and quickly and blooms for long pe­ri­ods from spring into win­ter. It is at its best in au­tumn.

Plant it in com­post-rich soil that drains well. This spur­flower needs lit­tle wa­ter once it is es­tab­lished, but give it more wa­ter dur­ing the sum­mer grow­ing sea­son. Prune af­ter flow­er­ing to get rid of dead wood.

Zulu spur­flower can also be grown as a neatly clipped hedge; prune more reg­u­larly to re­tain its shape. It makes a lovely pot plant on a shady stoep.

This spur­flower grows eas­ily from cut­tings that can be taken at any time of the year but for best re­sults, do so in spring and early sum­mer. Pick the del­i­cate flow­ers for your home – they last long in a vase. If you keep the stems in wa­ter for long enough, they’ll start to form roots and you can then plant them in your gar­den. This shrub does well in warmer, frost-free gar­dens. Plant it with Clivia mini­ata for a strik­ing dis­play. >>

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