Previous plant

Plectranthus parviflorus

Next plant

Newly pruned by J. Saines.

Photo by J. Saines.

The flowers by M. Fagg, Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Author: Carl Ludwig von Willdenow, 1806
Origin:  Cook Islands, Hawaii, Lesser Sunda Islands, New Guinea, New South Wales + Victoria + Queensland; Australia, Tubuai Islands,
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  10 Centimetres
Height:  50 Centimetres
Flower:  Light Blue
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  Cockspur Flower
Synonyms:  Moschosma polystachyum George Bentham,
Plectranthus micranthus
Spreng. 1825.
Basilicum polystachyon
Plectranthus strigosus
George Bentham.
Plectranthus australis
, R Brown, 1810.
Germanea australis, Britten.
Germanea parviflora,
Majana parviflora,
Moschosma brownii,
Plectranthus australis f. densiflora,
Plectranthus australis
var. vulgaris, Domin.
Plectranthus paniculatus,
Plectranthus parviflorus
var. australis, Briq.
Plectranthus parviflorus
var. elatior, Benth.
Plectranthus sieberi,

This member of the Lamiaceae family was given this name by Carl Ludwig von Willdenow in 1806. It is found on Hawai'i, French Polynesia and in Australia; New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and in Indonesia; Irian Jaya, Lesser Sunda Islands. It grows in a well drained soil with some water and some sun. The plant can grow to 50 centimetres in high with a base around ten centimetres. The flowers are light blue, and besides from seeds, it can easily be reproduced by cuttings.

The genera name from the Greek plektron; 'spur' and anthos; 'flower', referring to the spurred flowers. The species name from Latin parvus; 'small', and florus; 'flowered'.

Photo from Starr Environmental.