To solve that problem, I started bringing in the two largest plants in the winter and then rooting up cuttings from those plants 8 weeks before the final frost. The seed parent, Plectranthus saccatus, comes the Eastern Cape to northern KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and has the largest flowers in the genus while Plectranthus hilliardiae ssp. Keep new cuttings moist and maintain high humidity with misting. in your garden, you're familiar with its heady fragrance and attractive features as a garden perennial.Several types grow in a home garden, including English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and lavandin (Lavandula x intermedia), which is sometimes called French lavender; both grow in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 8.. Let me know how you go Helen. Mona Lavender is a great plant that forms a low neat shrub in the garden. 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The dark foliage is characterised by intense purple undersides. I would wait until after winter to prune it back when frost is not an issue. They are quite pH tolerant except for the extremes of a significantly low (or high) pH. BUY ANOTHERS SPECIES AND VARIETIES OF PLECTRANTHUS - COLEUS GENUS HERE. I can’t explain why, but I always seem to overlook it when asked what my favourite plants are. Here you will learn what to do to help your Lavender overwinter with the least amount of stress and problems. From my experience with ringtail possums, they will eat pretty much anything except dog bane (also a plectranthus but a very smelly one). The seed parent, Plectranthus saccatus, comes the Eastern Cape to northern KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and has the largest flowers in the genus while Plectranthus hilliardiae ssp. Thanks…Mona loving Lisa…lol. Plectranthus cultivars are popular foliage plants, but some gardeners grow them for their blooms, and one of the best bloomers is ‘Mona Lavender’. It has dark green, glossy leaves with intensely purple undersides and sprays of lavender colored flowers dashed with purple markings. I still have a few blocks on them towards the bottom. The best place to plant lavender. It is a wonderful solution to shady areas in the garden as well as making an ideal container or basket specimen for sheltered patios or entertainment areas. When the temperature dip below the freezing point, do heavy mulching and cover lavenders 50-70% with straws and leaves for insulation. In the UK this plant is often known by the PBR name of Plectranthus ‘Plepalila’. I was wondering can I cut this plant back to half size to rid a lot of the attacked foliage… Will it grow back well or should I just trim off the affected leaves carefully? In my defence I think it’s because I have it located in a shady spot that I don’t pay attention to very regularly. Easily grown in enriched, well drained soil. A quick-growing perennial shrub favoured by gardeners all over the world. Winter and summer watering is moderate. So maybe it’s a bit early for it yet. Starting your lavender indoors is a great way to get them started a couple of weeks earlier. 'Mona Lavender' _ 'Mona Lavender' is a tender, rounded, bushy, evergreen perennial, often grown as an annual or indoor plant, with upright stems bearing ovate, glossy, dark green leaves, purple beneath, and spikes of tubular, two-lipped lavender flowers from spring into autumn. “Mona Lavender” is ideal for a mass planting in your garden or for container gardening. and agree really caterpillars. Your physical location; where you grow your plants, how much time you have to devote to their care, and many other factors, will need to be taken into account. The average date of last frost is April 15 in Zone 6b. Pinch young plants regularly to encourage branching and fuller, bushier plants. Dipel slows some of these pets but you need to be vigilant as they can quickly become pock marked. Mona Lavender does not spread like other members of this family can, but maintains its neat, low and mounded habit. Lavender Spur Flower is a quick-growing, vigorous, upright, rounded, bushy, herbaceous perennial shrub reaching up to 2 feet tall, forming a rounded, dense bush. IDK? Lavenders need full sun whereas Mona Lavender will grow in half shade in Sydney. Great article and I now have a name for the one I am growing. The foliage is always lush and dense and forms an even mounded shape. They grows well in containers if they are given an adequate volume of well-draining soil mix, reasonable nutrients and the proper sun exposure to thrive. Pinch back regularly to retain compact shape. It is a Plectranthus which is in the same family (Lamiaceae) but a different genus and they both also have aromatic foliage. Consider grow lights as an option to provide adequate winter lighting conditions. Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Dec 6, 2011 1:53 AM. I will be interested to hear how they perform in a different heat. Arguably unassuming at first glance, but the devil is in the detail for this wonderful plant. Plectranthus Mona Lavender thrive in part shade and dappled shade and will languish in deep shade. Will pot up some cuttings, to see how they go in different situations. Hope you can track it down. Easy to propagate, [ Reply to this comment | ()] Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Dec 2, 2011 11:10 PM. Plectranthus Mona Lavender is the result of hybridizing Plectranthus saccatus with Plectranthus hilliardiae ssp. Mona Lavender can be frost tender, so best not to cut it back coming into winter, as the soft new growth will be more susceptible. Last Frost Date. In the meantime, you need to get rid of the caterpillars so have a chat with your local garden centre and see what they recommend in your area. Only then can you decide on the cultural methods that best suit you and your plants. When daylength is less than twelve hours in fall, numerous lavender-colored, six inch long flower spikes appear. P. 'Mona Lavender' is a wonderful solution to shady areas in the garden as well as making an ideal container or basket specimen for sheltered patios or entertainment areas. Other plectranthus (argentatus and the old-fashioned one, purpurea? Keep cuttings warm and observe them frequently. Pour preferably with soft water. Preparations for Cold Weather Conditions Lavender plants as easy as they are to grow under the right conditions will need some care during the winter months to assure a healthy start the next spring. In fact, their best leaf coloration is achieved with morning sun and some degree of afternoon shade. Hi all…I bought this lovely Mona lavender about 5 weeks ago and it’s going great…that was until I noticed some eaten leaves then on close inspection I found several lime green caterpillars which I quickly destroyed. This plant displays tall spires that are loaded with small deep lavender flowers. Positive identification of these pests is the first step in proper selection of a treatment program. I’m planning on buying a Mona Lavender, as I’ve read that possums are not inclined to eat Lavender. Mona Lavender can be frost tender, so best not to cut it back coming into winter, as the soft new growth will be more susceptible. Bringing the plants inside for overwintering as houseplants is one option although temperatures near 70 °F continue to be ideal. Hi Annette, take a little snippet of it into your local garden centre- the professionals in your local area will be able to help you out. I planned on leaving in the ground and protecting it from frost. However, it’s been the perfect trial of a plant that claims to grow well in dry, shady zones as I can certainly attest to that now! Plant in full sun and protect from strong winds. It’s one of my favourite plants but I agree, white butterfly is partial to it, particularly late in the season as its flowers are slowing down. ………. Like many Plectranthus species, Mona Lavender has interesting foliage in that the undersides of the leaves are a rich port colour whilst the topsides are dark green. The color change can also be affected by temperature, available sunlight, soil fertility, etc. When it receives sun it tends to stay smaller and more compact, and the leaves exhibit a much more intense coloring, especially on the purple undersides of the leaf. One of the only downfalls of 'Mona Lavender' is that, like most Plectranthus, it doesn't tolerate very cold conditions, although it has been known to survive light frosts in Pretoria. Slow release fertilizers with a balanced mix of nutrients are recommended for your containers although half strength liquid fertilizer applied every 2 weeks over the growing season should be sufficient. They also look stunning in pots. In planting beds, tuck plants into well-drained soil amended with organic matter. Is there any reason you can think of for it not flowering this year? It gets watered twice per week, in warm weather. The Mona Lavender is green but not rooting well. © 2020 GardenDrum All Rights Reserved | ADMIN. Mona Lavender Spurflower. Just before frost and winter arrives prune your lavender plant to one third of its height, at least three weeks prior to first frost date to reduce its size and density. Hmmm…now I feel rather neglectful. Thanks (from Sydney). In actual fact, now that I think about it, I never water or feed my specimen. Ideal Conditions: Prefers full sun or partial shade with free draining, but moist soil or compost. P. 'Mona Lavender' originates from South Africa and was, in fact, bred at the famous Kirstenbosh Botanical Garden in … It did last year. It’s also grown in the RHS Wisley garden so you might find it for sale there (email wisleyplantcentre@rhs.org.uk). Hi Lisa, Mona Lavender thrives in year-round temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit, but will tolerate light frost at 25 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit, according to San Marcos Growers. The plants filled containers, if moveable, allow for instant color as they can be positioned as needed and used to add color, provide immediate interest and accent areas of the garden, deck or patio. Carol, I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and mine started blooming only in September. MONA LAVENDER is a vigorous, upright, rounded, bushy perennial that typically grows to 2’ tall and as wide. Start the morning with our Run Through the Lavender 5K race and 1K Family Fun Trot. However, if you left it outside (or move it), it might happen to have a mild frost just a few weeks before the start of the spring (when some lavender is supposed to flower). From summer through to autumn the plant also produces lovely spikes of lavender coloured flowers. Container size is a factor as the volume of soil should accommodate substantial rooting by these plants and any other plants that are involved in the design. However, complete drying of the soil is not allowed, because this can cause the leaves to fall off. HI Carol – I was in a Sydney nursery yesterday which had lots of Plectranthus Mona Lavender for sale. Thanks Amanda, oopsies tho, I’ve already cut it back. Wrap up the day cheering on competitors in the Lane Frost Challenge bull-riding competition. I have in a semi shaded area atm but it’s hidden down side of house, I’d rather it more visible in garden but have no shade there. A light pruning after flowering will help maintain a neat shape and encourage denser growth of foliage. Hi all. These flowers appear in early spring and continue to add color to your garden until the first frost. Great in beds on their own or en masse. The lavender-colored blooms are persistent from spring until frost. Rotate plants and pinch back as needed to maintain form. australe 'Magwa'. I live in the UK and have not been able to find it. Plectranthus 'Mona Lavender' This variety was developed by Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, South Africa. Feel free to snip long-growing stems, especially in northern regions in winter, when growth might become lanky. It has bounced right back. Flowers are sky blue-lavender flecked with inky spots. Avoid windy locations as the plants can be prone to breakage in extreme winds. Plectranthus Mona Lavender ['Plepalila'] PP13,858 (Lavender Spur Flower) - A quick-growing, herbaceous perennial shrub reaching up to 2 feet tall, forming a rounded, dense bush. A breeze to overwinter under lights. Plant the plants after any danger of frost has passed when soil temperatures have warmed sufficiently and evening temperatures are above 60 °F. These plants do not show their best coloration if over fertilized so be conservative and consistent. It’s now early summer, the plant is in partial shade, in a large pot. Gotta get there one day! However, extreme temperatures over 95 °F are also undesirable. This cultivar has abundant lavender-purple flowers that complement the dark green leaves (with purple undersides and stems). They enjoy the heat and languish below 55 °F. Gardens, South Africa with burgundy undersides are just the beginning have aromatic foliage positive identification of these but. 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