Plectranthus verticillatus (L.f.) Druce, Rep. Bot. Soc. Exch. Club Brit. Isles 1916: 640 1917. (Syn: Ocimum racemosum Thunb.; Ocimum verticillatum L.f.; Plectranthus nummularius Briq.; Plectranthus thunbergii Benth.);
Plectranthus verticillatus (Syn. Plectranthus nummularius (Briq.), Swedish ivy, Swedish Begonia or Whorled Plectranthus) is a plant in the family Lamiaceae (Labiatae), genus Plectranthus.
The plant has glossy, green, round leaves, which show a deep purple color in the center sometimes. This deep purple can also be found on the plant stems and on the underside of leaves. The upright racemes appear white, pale violet or pale pink and can sprout sporadically throughout the year.
The name Swedish ivy is deceptive: The plant is not thigmotropic (meaning it does not cling to walls with the roots when it grows) and it is not closely related to the genus of Ivy (Hedera).
Plectranthus verticillatus is native to southern Africa where it occurs in the Cape Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal, Swaziland, the Northern Provinces and southern Mozambique. It is found naturalized in El Salvador, Honduras, the Leeward Islands, the Venezuela Antilles, the Windward Islands, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Hawaii as well as south-east Queensland and coastal areas of New South Wales in Australia.
Plectranthus verticillatus is a robust plant doing well in indirect sunlight, mostly cultivated as hanging houseplant. In frost-free areas it is also found as groundcover in gardens or sprouting down walls.
It likes to stay moist and it also responds well to pruning. It can easily be rooted with cuttings and its vulnerability is low; but a weak plant can be infested with spider mite.
(From Wikipedia on 30.12.13)
Observed this beautiful potted plant at my friend’s house bought recently from a nursery.
It is labelled as Plectranthus.
Plectranthus verticillatus commonly known as Swedish ivy.
… i think this has Very very unusal look. Never seen this one before. great catch.
yes… and thanks …,
also some in western herbal communities used to claim that this ivy had the same advantages as indian brahmi!!!
never tried it myself… cant judge.. 🙂 ….
makes a nice hanging basket plant for the balconies in the spring after snow is gone…
must do well in India in winter…
It should be Plectranthus verticillatus (L.f.) Druce Swedish ivy, Swedish Begonia or Whorled Plectranthus
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Pl. check with your images at Plectranthus verticillatus (L.f.) Druce
To me appears close.