Plectranthus 'Mona Lavender'
Common Name: Swedish ivy
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Lamiaceae
Zone: 10 to 11
Height: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: Seasonal bloomer
Bloom Description: Lavender
Sun: Part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Medium
Flower: Showy

Culture

Winter hardy to USDA Zone 10 where it is easily grown in humusy, medium moisture, well-drained soils in part shade. Best with regular and even moisture. Year-round temperatures of 60-80 F. Trim off new stem tips regularly to retain compact shape and form. Remove flower spikes after bloom. In St. Louis, this plant may be grown as a houseplant in bright mostly sunny exposures.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Plectranthus is a genus of about 350 species of annuals, evergreen perennials, semi-succulents and shrubs from Africa, Madagascar, Asia, Australasia and Pacific Islands.

Genus name comes from the Greek words plectron meaning spur and anthos meaning flower in reference to the spur-shaped flowers of some members of the genus.

MONA LAVENDER is a vigorous, upright, rounded, bushy perennial that typically grows to 2’ tall and as wide. Unlike many members of the genus Plectranthus, this hybrid is in fact primarily grown for its attractive lavender flowers which appear over a long bloom period. This hybrid is the result of a breeding program carried out in the late 1990s at Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden in Cape Town, South Africa. Parents of this hybrid are P. saccatus (seed parent) and P. hilliardiae (pollen parent). Tubular, two-lipped, lavender flowers bloom in spikes to 6” long. Glossy, ovate, dark green leaves are purplish below. U.S. Plant Patent PP13,858 was issued June 3, 2003.

Problems

No serious insect or disease problems. Watch for mealybugs and mites. For more information see: Problems Common to Many Indoor Plants

Garden Uses

Borders where winter hardy. Containers or hanging baskets for decks or patios. Houseplant.