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Plectranthus ciliatus 'Zulu Wonder'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Plectranthus (plek-TRAN-thus) (Info)
Species: ciliatus (sil-ee-ATE-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Zulu Wonder

4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From leaf cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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3 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive atisch On Jun 15, 2012, atisch from Alameda, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I obtained a rooted cutting from a fellow local gardener 2 years ago. I've been growing it in an 6"- 8" clay pots and have grown it successfully in both full sun and partial shade. This Plectranthus over-wintered out-of-doors here (zone 9b) without any setbacks. I wouldn't exactly call it an ideal potted foliage plant as the leaves are only moderately attractive IMO. The plant looks best with pinching during active growth to encourage branching and multiple bloom spikes.

'Zulu Wonder' blooms prolifically from mid summer to early fall. The informal, spotted lavender flowers grow on numerous and long, reddish spikes. Very attractive plant when in bloom and attracts visitors comments. Cut back aggressively after bloom is finished in the fall.

All in all an easy and rewarding potted plant in the garden. It's easy to propagate from cuttings. In pots and with pruning, I keep the plants to about 24" high by about 18" wide. I hope to try a couple in the ground next year.

Positive koipondgardener On Jun 17, 2008, koipondgardener from Quincy, WA (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is the first year that I have seen this plant for sale in the annual flowers section at the nurseries. I haven't grown it before but I can tell that I will love it already. It has beautiful purple color under the green leaves that match perfectly with its lavender colored flowers. I am already planning to take some cuttings to root and grow inside over the winter. You can tell that It is a relative to the common swedish ivy (USDA zone 10) by looking at the habit and the leaf structure. I love this plant and recomend trying it!

Positive frogsrus On Apr 30, 2004, frogsrus from San Diego, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This plant is a true beauty. Blooms prolifically in late summer or early fall. Grows quickly from cuttings.


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

Alameda, California
Clayton, California
Fairfield, California
Manhattan Beach, California
San Diego, California (2 reports)
San Jose, California
Fort Mc Coy, Florida
Denville, New Jersey

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