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Plectranthus neochilus - Lobster Flower

Plectranthus neochilus has one of the best common names, Lobster flower. Who doesn't like lobster or can't remember a name like this. Plectranthus neochilus grows in sun or shade. Plectranthus neochilus is native to Southern Africa and capable of holding its own in a well watered garden or a garden left to its own devices. Plectranthus neochilus works well as a groundcover growing a foot tall to 18" if you water or plant the Lobster Flower in the shade. The foliage is fragrant in a not so pleasant way so best not to edge pathways or site near windows or doors. By repute the fragrant foliage may be enough even keep dogs at bay. Plectranthus neochilus is a near non stop bloomer with its lavender blue flowers. And if there is a real flaw or challenge with this plant, Plectranthus neochilus is rather frost tender melting to the ground if temperatures dip below 30°F

Plectranthus neochilus, Lobster Flower

Exotic looking flower stalk of Plectranthus neochilus - Lobster Flower. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.