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Silver spurflower

Plectranthus argentatus

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Grown mainly for its velvety gray succulent leaves, this Australian native shrub can reach 3 feet high and wide.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsFuzzy, silvery foliage. Fast growth. Grow in a container or as an annual.

CareModerately fertile, well-drained soil in dappled shade. Indoors, it needs full light but shade from hot sun. Keep just moist in winter.

PropagationSow seed at 66° to 75°F when ripe. Divide in mid- or late spring, or take stem-tip cuttings any time.

ProblemsInfrequent, but sometimes affected by mealybugs, spider mites, leaf spots, and root rot.

  • Genus : Plectranthus
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 10, 11
  • Uses : Containers
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Light : Partial Shade
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Type : Shrubs
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : White
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