Plectranthus forsteri ‘Variegata’

Plectranthus forsteri ‘Variegata’

A tried and true perennial that thrives in the shade, Plectranthus forsteri ‘Variegata’ is an attractive plant with variegated foliage. The scalloped leaves are medium green and creamy white, and every now and then some of the leaves will also take on a rosy blush along the margins.

This plant is grown primarily for its attractive foliage, and its flower may seem rather non-descript, however upon closer observation, the pure white blooms have intricate details that resemble that of a tropical bird.

The Genus name “Plectranthus” comes from two different Greek words: “Plectorn”, meaning spur and “Anthos”, meaning flower. This plant is native to tropical areas such as Australia, Fiji, and New Caldonia. With that in mind, it’s easy to understand that this is considered a tender perennial and should be protected from frost.

If placed in a bright room, Plectranthus forsteri thrives as a houseplant. It propagates easily, and can even root out in a glass of water. (Be sure to change out the water once a week).

This herbaceous perennial is a great choice as a ground cover, in hanging baskets and in combination plantings. It grows 10 inches tall and up to 3 feet wide, with arching stems. Plant in shade to dappled sunlight, and provide moderate irrigation. The Sunset Climate Zones are 22-24, H2, or indoors. We are currently growing Plectranthus forsteri ‘Variegata’ in 4” pots.

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