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Scientific Name: Plectranthus neochilus variegated
Alternative Names: Smelly Spur Flower, Rotstuinsalie

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  • Perennial
  • Lobster flower is indigenous and native to the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.
  • It is a perennial, aromatic, succulent herb, which grows up to 500 mm high and 600 mm wide.
  • The deep blue and purple flowers are borne from September to April.
  • They perform well as ground covers in warm dry areas, but can be successfully grown in shade as well.
  • If grown in shade it needs to be cut back with garden shears so that it does not become too leggy.
  • The stems root easily and the plant spreads, forming a tidy clump.
  • It can be used in rockeries and in the landscaping of difficult sites.
  • They have low water requirements.
  • The leaves reflect the sun's rays, keeping the plant cool and ultimately reducing transpiration.
  • They are easily propagated from softwood cuttings and are seldom attacked by pests.
  • It will grow and flower with the most meager feeding.
  • Frequent light pruning is necessary to keep it compact and bushy.
  • Prune back hard after flowering during midwinter.

For Animals. It is said that

  • Because of their unpleasant aromatic smell they are believed to scare away snakes from human dwellings.

Other Uses

  • There are reports indicating that these plants can be used effectively as an air purifier.
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