Leslie Edward Wastell Codd, 1982
Blue - Purple
|| Somehow, the spelling Plectranthus ernestii
seems to be popular - but wrong!
This plant was discovered by Ernst van Jaarsveld in 1982, and
by Leslie Edward Wastell Codd. Found in the Natal Province in Southern Africa.
It is a member of
the Lamiaceae family. It prefer a well-drained soil, some water and some sun. The
swollen stem grows to five centimetres in diameter and 30 centimetres high. The flowers are white with a shine of
blue or purple.
The genera name from the Greek
plektron; 'spur' and anthos; 'flower', referring to
the spurred flowers. The species name after Ernst van Jaarsveld, a
South African botanist and horticulturist.
The first one outside Africa was brought to Copenhagen Botanical
Garden by gardener Jørgen Damgaard. Latest experiments shows a significant
improvement in growth in plastic pots compared to clay.
Somehow, the spelling Plectranthus ernestii
seems to be popular! They may have changed the name, when they found out
Ernst didn't spell his name "Ernest".