Herbaceaous perennials plants make up a vast volume of our garden plants. They occur naturally in every continent.
A popular group of herbaceous perennial plants for gardeners belongs to the genus Plectranthus, which occur naturally in tropical, subtropical and warm temperate climates, and of which over forty species occur in Australia.
Horticulturist Paul Plant introduces some of the local Australian species likely to be found in warm climate gardens.
Native perennial plants are often overlooked by garden designers
and plant collectors when it comes to selecting specimens for gardens and landscapes. The Native Cockspur Flower provides a wealth of soft stemmed plants that fit
well into tropical-style, contemporary, native and even cottage garden designs.
Depending on the species, some Plectranthus have highly attractive and scented foliage, while others are popular due to their growth habit. All native Plectranthus species have blue to white flowers on narrow spike inflorescences and are
highly attractive to both native and honey bees.
Some native Plectranthus species covered:
- Plectranthus alloplectus
- Plectranthus argentatus
- Plectranthus bellus
- Plectranthus caldericola
- Plectranthus cremnus
- Plectranthus diversus
- Plectranthus graveolens
- Plectranthus habrophyllus
- Plectranthus leiperi
- Plectranthus nitidus
- Plectranthus omissus
- Plectranthus parviflorus
- Plectranthus suaveolens
- Plectranthus torrenticola