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Plectranthus Mona Lavender 'Plepalila'

part shade
full shade
coastal
height 80cm
spread 60cm

Mona Lavender is a particularly attractive form of Plectranthus that does not spread like other members of the family, but rather forms a neat low shrub with an upright, erect habit. Numerous spikes of lavender coloured flowers begin to appear from late summer through autumn complimenting the ornamental foliage of deep green leaves with dark wine purple coloured undersides, typical of many of the Plectranthus species. Plectranthus Mona Lavender is a wonderful solution to shady areas in the garden as well as making an ideal container or basket specimen for sheltered patios or entertainment areas. Mona Lavender originates from South Africa and was, in fact, bred at the famous Kirstenbosh Botanical Garden in Capetown.

Choose a shaded to semi-shade location with a moist but well drained soil. Fertilise with a slow release fertiliser during early spring. A light pruning after flowering will help to maintain a neat shape and encourage denser growth of foliage. Mona Lavender should be given protection if planted in a more open situation (eg. no roof or tree canopy overhead), as it will not tolerate frosts or low temperatures.

• Low light positions in the garden. • Containers under covered entertainment areas. • Adding colour to shaded areas under decks. • Placing around water features which offer some overhead protection. • Adding some colour to a fernery. • Border planting or for a shaded pathway or drive.

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