Blue Yonder Plectranthus flowers
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Plant Height: 12 inches
Flower Height: 24 inches
Spacing: 20 inches
Hardiness Zone: (annual)
Other Names: Blue Spire Plectranthus, Candleplant, Spur Flower
Attractive spikes of sky blue flowers are impressive when massed above soft green foliage that is edged in white; mounded form should be occasionally trimmed to maintain shape; a lovely addition to the garden or containers; heat tolerant
Blue Yonder Plectranthus features showy spikes of sky blue flowers rising above the foliage from mid spring to late fall. Its attractive serrated pointy leaves remain green in color with distinctive white edges throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Blue Yonder Plectranthus is an herbaceous annual with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and can be pruned at anytime. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Blue Yonder Plectranthus is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Blue Yonder Plectranthus will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 20 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. Although it's not a true annual, this plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.
Blue Yonder Plectranthus is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.