Smelly spurflower (Plectranthus neochilus) Wouter
The less water it gets, the better the smelly spurflower blooms! If it gets too much water, it grows too lushly and too tall. This indigenous groundcover thrives in hot, sunny, dry gardens as well as in the shade. It copes with any type of soil but prefers sandy soil with good drainage. Smelly spurflower grows quickly and is very easy to propagate from cuttings – just push a stem into the soil. Even a piece that lands on the soil will quickly root and grow. Renew the bed every two years if it starts to look messy; simply plant cuttings of the existing groundcover in-between the old plants and gradually remove the parent plants.
Smelly spurflower blooms abundantly and continuously from September to April. The flowers are carried above the grey-green leaves, which have a strong aroma when rubbed or crushed. Plant guide • Full sun and semi-shade • Indigenous • Moderately frost-hardy • Waterwise • Height 25cm