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PLECTRANTHUS australis

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Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Lamiaceae

Botanical Name

PLECTRANTHUS australis

Plant Common Name

Swedish Ivy

General Description

Sprawling and trailing across the ground, Swedish ivy's stems and green, glossy, oval leaves are intermittently accompanied by small flowerspikes lined with pale, five-lobed, tubular blossoms. Native to Australia, this tender herbaceous perennial has leaves that are fleshy and scalloped on their edges. The stems are green to dull maroon in color and will quickly root into soil as they grow along the ground. They stems are often upright at first and flop over as they extend, beginning their prostrate journey.

Grow Swedish ivy in a fertile, moist but well-drained soil that is neutral or mildly acidic in pH. It can handle some direct sunlight, but bright indirect light will yield the finest foliage. Avoid soggy soils, which can lead to rotting leaves. Grow it as a tropical groundcover under large trees, or as a lush houseplant or patio specimen in either a container or hanging basket. It is extremely easy to propagate by rooting stem cuttings. The cultivar 'Variegata' is similar in every aspect except its leaf edges are white.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    10 - 12

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    6"-24" / 15.2cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    4'-6' / 1.2m - 1.8m

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Australia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Prostrate/Trailing

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White, Lavender

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Groundcover, Hanging Basket, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No