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Plectranthus purpuratus (Purple Swedish ivy, Vick's plant)

Plectranthus purpuratus Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Plectranthus purpuratus plek-TRAN-thus per-per-AY-tus Common Name: Purple Swedish ivy, Vick's plant Genus: Plectranthus
Soft, fuzzy, purple-tinged leaves make this Plectranthus a good companion plant in containers.
Care: Provide part shade and well-drained soil.
Propagation: Divide in spring; take cuttings any time. Or start from ripe seed at 66 to 75° F.
Problems: Mealybugs, spider mites, leaf spots, root rot.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Low
Characteristics Fragrant Foliage; Showy Foliage
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Ground Covers, Suitable as Annual
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest
Type Perennials

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