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Plectranthus forsteri 'Marginatus'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Plectranthus (plek-TRAN-thus) (Info)
Species: forsteri (FOR-ster-ee) (Info)
Cultivar: Marginatus

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive cedar18 On Jul 24, 2010, cedar18 from Lula, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

A wonderful plant (in a container here) that contrasts so well with airier textured companions such as Euphorbia 'Diamond Frost.' Seems trouble free and vigorous. I am growing it in half shade.

Neutral macybee On Sep 28, 2007, macybee from Deer Park, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Propagate from seed or cuttings or by layering. Many species are spreading and will self-layer.

Positive jkom51 On Nov 23, 2002, jkom51 from Oakland, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Lovely sub-shrub for the urban garden in warmer zones. Here in zone 9 coastal Nor. CA. this deserves wider usage. Plant actually grows taller than 1' but branches droop due to weight of leaves. Small pale mauve flowers with purple markings bloom intermittedly thru the year once established. Tolerates drought; can be divided into clumps if it spreads too far. No pest problems so far. Note one thing about plectranthus varieties -- they are all very brittle and break easily. Don't put them where people will knock against them or high wind areas, for they will lose branches and look lopsided.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Flagstaff, Arizona
Arroyo Grande, California
Clayton, California
Long Beach, California
San Diego, California (2 reports)
Lula, Georgia
Chalmette, Louisiana

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