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Plectranthus fruticosus 'James' (Pink Spur Flower)

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Subfamily: Nepetoideae
Tribe: Ocimeae
Genus: Plectranthus
Species: P. fruticosus
Binomial name: Plectranthus fruticosus
Common names: Pink Spur Flower

Plectranthus fruticosus is a fast-growing robust, upright, soft-wooded perennial shrub that will reach a height of up to 2m. It is native to temperate South Africa from Caledon in the Western Cape to the Limpopo Province.

There is a form called Plectranthus fruticosus 'James' which is found at high altitudes (1000m+) on exposed rocky outcrops in an area around the Mpumalanga - Swaziland border.
It has heart shaped leaves are soft to touch and are are heavily veined and with margins that are toothed.
Its inflorescences are elongated branched terminal panicles, 80-250 mm long with pink to purple flowers. They appear from February to March & April.

Photo below are of the hybrid Plectranthus fruticosus L'Hérit. 'James' Photographed at Tupare Gardens, New Plymouth, New Zealand.