Silver spurflower

Plectranthus argentatus

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Silver spurflower (Plectranthus argentatus)
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Genus:  Plectranthus
Grown mainly for its velvety gray succulent leaves, this Australian native shrub can reach 3 feet high and wide.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Fuzzy, silvery foliage. Fast growth. Grow in a container or as an annual.
Care:  Moderately fertile, well-drained soil in dappled shade. Indoors, it needs full light but shade from hot sun. Keep just moist in winter.
Propagation:  Sow seed at 66° to 75°F when ripe. Divide in mid- or late spring, or take stem-tip cuttings any time.
Problems:  Infrequent, but sometimes affected by mealybugs, spider mites, leaf spots, and root rot.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Spreads
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Part Shade Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
White
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Indoor Plant,
Suitable as Annual
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Shrubs

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