Smelly spur­flower (Plec­tran­thus neochilus) Wouter

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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

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