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An evergreen perennial with numerous stems growing to a rounded plant 3 feet tall and wide. The leaves are deep green with purplish veins, slightly curled at the edges with short coarse teeth and growing to 2 inches long and 1 inch wide. More than 6-inch-long spikes of lavender blossoms. A colorful new plant for container gardens to display at entrances, on patios and as a balcony or porch display. Also use as a bedding plant for annual or perennial gardens to provide colorful fall foliage and flowers. Encourage a compact growth habit by periodically trimming the tips of new shoots. Keep plants inbounds by pruning shoots hanging over walkways and affecting nearby plantings. Remove old flower heads as the blooms decline.
A well-drained soil, some water and some sun. The swollen stem grows to five centimetres in diameter and 30 centimetres high. The flowers are white with a shine of blue.
A large plant with light green foliage and a strong medicinal, camphor scent. Discovered in South Africa by June Croon, and named in honor of her sister, noted plantswoman Lois Woodhull of Lang Island, NY. Velvety green leaves surround blue, salvia-like flower spikes. Blooms nonstop from spring through late fall.
Species and varieties:
Plectranthus rotundifolius (African Potato Mint)