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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Large Spur-flower Bush

Afrikaans name:

Large Spur-flower Bush

Above - Beautiful mauve flowers on the Large Spur-flower Bush

Photo © Steven Herbert

Plectranthus ecklonii

The Large Spur-flower Bush is a shrub that can grow up to 2.5 metres in height. They are normally found in clearings in forests. It only occurs in the eastern regions of South Africa.

It provides a beautiful display of mauve flowers in the late summer months. The flowers line stalks that are up to 25 cm in length. Cultivated varieties ave been produced with pink and white flowers.

The leaves of the Large Spur-flower Bush are toothed along the edges and have small hairs on top.

This plant has been used by traditional healers to treat hayfever and headaches.


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