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Purple Swedish ivy

Plectranthus purpuratus

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Soft, fuzzy, purple-tinged leaves make this Plectranthus a good companion plant in containers.

CareProvide part shade and well-drained soil.

PropagationDivide in spring; take cuttings any time. Or start from ripe seed at 66 to 75° F.

ProblemsMealybugs, spider mites, leaf spots, root rot.

  • Genus : Plectranthus
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 11, 9
  • Uses : Containers, Ground Covers
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Foliage, Showy Foliage
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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