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Plectranthus neochilus 'Mike's Fuzzy Wuzzy' (Variegated Lobster Flower)

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Scientific Name

Plectranthus neochilus 'Mike's Fuzzy Wuzzy'

Common Names

Variegated Lobster Flower

Synonyms

Plectranthus neochilus 'Mike's Fuzzy'

Scientific Classification

Family: Lamiaceae
Subfamily: Nepetoideae
Tribe: Ocimeae
Genus: Plectranthus

Description

Plectranthus neochilus 'Mike's Fuzzy Wuzzy' is a perennial, aromatic, succulent herb, that grows as a ground-hugging mat up to 1 foot (30 cm) tall. This plant makes an attractive ground cover when not in flower and is spectacular when flowering. It has rounded, slightly scalloped, gray-green leaves and deep blue and purple flowers. They rise up to 6 inches (15 cm) above the foliage from spring through late fall to nearly year-round.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Plectranthus species are easily cultivated and require little extra attention or special treatment. They enjoy well-composted soil and as rule thrive in semi shade or cool positions on south facing aspects. These plants are ideally suited to growth under the shade of trees. They are generally shallow rooted and enjoy adequate water, but Plectranthus do store water in their stems and are resistant to prolonged periods of drought.

These plants are often grown for their attractive foliage, flowers or both and vary in their growth forms from dense prostrate ground covers to sub-shrubs and large shrubs.

Although they are frost tender Plectranthus are usually grown in shady protected places and as such are afforded some protection from frost. Due to the fact that they all flower at the end of the growing season, frost does not affect flowering. If the plants are affected by frost they can be cut back at the end of winter and will grow out rapidly. Once the plants have been established for a year or more they become woodier at the base and are more resistant to frost damage.… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Plectranthus

Origin

Plectranthus neochilus 'Mike's Fuzzy Wuzzy' is a variegated cultivar of Plectranthus neochilus.

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