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It gets fat by age. This one is more than 15 years old.

Plants from Lindberg Nursery, Denmark.

Author:  Leslie Edward Wastell Codd, 1982
Origin:  Natal; South Africa
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium
Thickness:  5 Centimetres
Height:  30 Centimetres
Flower:  Light Blue - Purple
Propagate:  Seeds/Cuttings
Names:  -
Synonyms:  Somehow, the spelling Plectranthus ernestii seems to be popular - but wrong! 

This plant was discovered by Ernst van Jaarsveld in 1982, and then described 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".

They are actually a bit more blue than this photo shows.

Close-up of a leaf edge.